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Articles and tips from a Telegraph Top 5 Apps for Business Strategy on Yammer, employee ideas and employee engagement.

The Economist Report: When Collaboration Tools Succeed For the Wrong Reasons

Last week the Economist Intelligence Unit, the famous magazine’s research subsidiary, published a comprehensive report on the mobile-enabled employee experience in the enterprise. This fresh piece of research uncovers in-depth the quality of the technological environment organisations create for their … Continue Reading

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Too social? How to Give Your Yammer a Business Focus in No-time

Adoption is ok, but your ESN is used for social purposes only and lacks business focus? In this case, other than some employee engagement, your business does not derive value from enterprise social networking in terms of improved communications, collaboration and … Continue Reading

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The two Yammer problems 90% of firms have (and how to be in the 10% that succeed)

Yammer is great for productivity and employee engagement, but most companies struggle with getting their Yammer network running. Here are the two most common problems and links to articles that help resolve them. … Continue Reading

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Councils: Identifying New Efficiencies When Efficiencies Seem Exhausted

For generating cost savings, councils rely mostly on management ideas. However, council management is running out of such ideas, as reflected in their recent strategic U-turn. Employees, on the other hand, are full of further cost-cutting ideas. … Continue Reading

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An Outsider’s Perspective on Why M&S’s BIG Idea Scheme is at Odds with 4 Key Principles for Sourcing Employee Ideas

I was curious about how Marks & Spencer sources employee ideas and so I simply asked them via Twitter. It turns out that their process is somewhat traditional.  … Continue Reading

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Yammer: More Than Social

Yammer is capable of doing many things in addition to engaging peer-to-peer communications. Once Yammer is used by a sizeable share of the workforce, it can be utilised as a powerful channel for gathering employee insights in a structured way. … Continue Reading

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Why ideation app Sideways 6 pursues a fundamentally different ideation approach

Sideways 6 was founded to find and offer an approach to ideation that overcomes this issue of adoption. The solution we identified is that ideation should and has to be run on those internal channels that employees already use to … Continue Reading

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What Do Employee Ideas Look Like? Great examples from a bar in Stockholm

  Many people understand that sourcing employee ideas can have great effects on any organisation’s bottom line. Every day these employees are involved in the frontline of all kinds of processes; they have the insights and the ideas to improve … Continue Reading

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3 Steps to Increase Yammer Engagement

  At Sideways 6, we’ve talked with more than one hundred large UK firms about how they use Yammer and how this is working out for them. This article/interviews presents the general lessons we’ve learned about Yammer in recent years. … Continue Reading

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Why Yammer Boosts Innovation At Companies with Deskless Workers

  On Yammer, it’s easy to listen to employee ideas. Crowdsourcing campaigns that capture those ideas gain up to 10x more traction than traditional methods. Here’s why. … Continue Reading

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