10 Intranet features that really should exist
We learned yesterday that JP Morgan have an online resignation tool as part of their employee engagement programme. We expect there’s more to it than a big red “sod this, I’ve had enough, I’m off” button on the homepage.
But it got us thinking: as well as an ‘I resign’ button, what are the features that an intranet really needs?
1. Office greeting card platitude generator
We’ve all been there. A birthday card goes round the office, and all your usual preferred greetings have been used already.
This tool allows the user to select occasion (birthday, leaving, baby) and how much you like them (like, dislike, meh), and ping! “All the best mate!”
2. “Booked Meeting room not being used” alert
Movement sensor in the meeting room checks if the booker didn’t turn up and details made public on the intranet so others can take the room. Future development could include a ‘name and shame’ league table of those selfish bastards who book out rooms just in case. Those on the list get low priority on future bookings.
3. Who’s free for lunch button
A feature that scans your team’s calendars, figures out who’s free and books the time. Advanced features could allow you to blacklist people you don’t want to have lunch with, creating convenient appointments whenever they invite you to join them.
4. Office Cake and Chocolate Alert
Find out who’s bought Krispy Kremes into the office today, so you can just happen to swing by. Can also be used in reverse if you’re keen to avoid temptation (as if that has ever happened)
5. Advanced stationery ordering
Keeps user informed of stock cupboard levels – no more trips down there only to find they’re out of pens. Particularly useful for klepto-colleagues.
6. Canteen alert
Lunch menus are always amongst the most popular content on the intranet. But there are plenty of advanced features that we need right now. Canteen alert allows you to set up alerts on those dishes you can’t get enough of, so you don’t miss out, you cottage cheese and potato fiend.
7. Canteen Cam
Is the canteen busy? You need a webcam or other splendidly over-engineered function that allows you to pick your moment to go to lunch.
8. Emergency Animals
Having a bad day? This cute/amusing animal picture engine delivers instant cheer. (There’s already a Pinterest board for this)
9. Meeting cost calculator
Tired of meetings where no decisions get made? This handy web app pulls in salaries from the HR system to give you the cost in staff time of any meeting in your calendar. No better way to demonstrate the true pointlessness of it all.
10 Alternative stock price holding
Doesn’t show price but interrogates your stock holding details and displays an alert: “Retire Now! / Rich / Hang on a few more years / Depressed / Retire in 3 decades”. Let’s be honest, it’s all we really care about.
What intranet features do you think need to exist? Let us know in the comments. A second instalment of “your dreamy intranet future” coming soon!