Is your intranet award winning?
We’ve all heard the spiel about the digital workplace improving every corner of your business, transforming the way employees work. Intranets, we’re told, are a productivity engine, making everyone’s life a little easier. Yet despite this, intranets rarely get much attention from bigwigs. And when they do, it’s often negative.
One sure-fire way to get your execs to sit up and take notice is to win an award. Here the Intranetizen team offer five reasons to enter (and win) award schemes.
1. Gives you a way to compare your intranet against others
If you think intranet managers have a tough time getting a peek at other intranets, spare a thought for the users. Even new starters will only have seen a couple of intranets at most; for your longer-serving staff, yours might be the only intranet they’ve ever seen. This means they only have their experiences of the web to compare it to. How many times have intranet managers heard their colleagues ask why it can’t be more like Facebook, Google or any other web site?
By scooping an award, you create an opportunity to show how well your intranet compares against others and are able to give your users some context.
2. Celebrate a job well done
You’ve worked hard on your intranet project, and – if you do say so yourself – you’ve done a sterling job. Getting a pat on the back from the industry gives you and your team an opportunity to celebrate your success.
Don’t miss out on the opportunity to be proud of your work.
3. Career development
There are only a handful of award schemes for intranets, but these create a big noise within the industry. Winning an award for your intranet management skills raises your personal stock, attracting attention from headhunters and competitors. If you’re keen to stay where you are, an award gives you a firm basis on which to negotiate, and strong evidence of success, when bonuses are being discussed.
4. Put your intranet in the spotlight internally
Winning praise from external judges gives you a prime opportunity to publicise your intranet (and yourself) within your own organisation. Your execs will sit up and take notice.
It also gives you a chance to tell the story of your intranet’s development, helping to engage your users with its success.
5. Make a noise about your intranet externally
Win an intranet award and you’ll find your intranet in the spotlight for many months, attracting the attention of the industry press (and blogs like this one).
Conference organisers are keen to showcase award-winning intranets (and intranet managers). Taking home an award more often than not results in a raft of invitations to speak at conferences all over the world – and, in turn, allows you to network with the vibrant community of intranet professionals creating further opportunity to learn from others.
Which Awards should you Enter? 6 awards to consider
1. StepTwo Intranet Innovation Awards
Entries are now open for this year’s Intranet Innovation Awards. These awards, run by Step Two, celebrate cutting-edge intranet developments.
Here at Intranetizen, we’re big fans of the Innovation Awards (and not just because we’ve scooped some prizes ourselves!). What sets these apart is that they don’t look for the ‘best intranet’, because that’s impossible – the best intranet for your business would be completely different to the best intranet for mine. Instead, it showcases great ideas, well executed.
If you’ve developed something really special for your intranet this past year, the innovation awards are a wonderful opportunity to give it the attention it deserves.
Entries close on 31 May.
2. The SCM Awards
The SCM Awards have several categories that you should consider for your intranet project including the “Excellence in Technology” and “Small Team Award”. Depending on the nature of your intranet and the nature of your delivery team, you could also consider the “Excellence in Employee Engagement” and “Internal Partnership” categories.
Entries close on June 29 [updated date from May 25]
3. Digital Communication Awards
Hosted by Quadriga University of Applied Sciences, the Digital Communication Awards are the first awards in European PR and communications that exclusively honour outstanding achievements in online communication. Primarily focused on external digital excellence, they do have a dedicated intranet category.
Entries close on July 12.
4. Institute of Internal Communications
The IIC awards celebrate the kind of work being done every day by IC professionals in the UK. They cover everything from campaigns, innovation, digital media, print media, writing, events and design. There are no specific awards for intranets here, but rather celebrate IC success in the round.
Entries now closed (last date February 17).
5. Neilsen Norman’s Design Annual
Call for Entries July 2012.
6. Ragan’s Employee Communications Awards
The Ragan EC awards have five awards under their Intranet category. The categories cover design, headlines and blurbs, social, interviews and profiles and value to the employees. In 2011 the Ragan awards received over 350 entries and will continue to grow in popularity.
Entries will open for 2012 in December.
Are there any others? Let us know in the comments below.