‘Informal’ intranet is a hit in British Columbia gov’t

Robin Farr’s determination to make the intranet fun, friendly and informal transformed it from an electronic backwater into a front-and-center presence in the consciousness of employees. Video

Robin Farr’s determination to make the intranet fun, friendly and informal transformed it from an electronic backwater into a front-and-center presence in the consciousness of employees

Robin Farr, editor of the employee intranet for the provincial government of British Columbia, is humanizing the way it communicates with its employees.

She does this by continuing to transform the government’s intranet from the neglected, dull afterthought it was less than two years ago into a living Web where 30,000 employees can see themselves talking about their jobs, find ideas to make their work easier and more fun, shop for bargains, buy and sell personal items, send e-cards to colleagues for a job well done, and more.

Farr has done all this with a staff of three, including herself. She does most of the writing, and until recently did it all. She manages a videographer and one Web administrator.

The employee response is spectacular. The site averages 170,000 hits a month—a 2800 percent jump in traffic—among the 30,000 province employees.

How did she do it? In hindsight, it’s simple. Conversing with employees like ordinary people through video and even archived content.

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