FaceBook Workplace: Intranet In Mark Zuckerberg Way
posted by Linh Nguyen
on Oct 17, 2016
Most employees waste their time on social media, especially Facebook, during working hours. Earlier this month, the social media company revealed a new communication platform for the enterprise called Workplace. Facebook Workplace is the company’s first major tool for enterprises, and with subscription fee at $1-3 per employees, businesses around the world are keen to get their hands on the new communication tool.
Previously known as ‘Facebook at Work’, Workplace was in development for about 18 months before it was deemed ready for public. Workplace is Facebook’s answer to Slack HipChat, and other collaborative work platforms designed to cut back on email and boost productivity. In its official announcement, the company mentioned that with Workplace, they want to learn and facilitate the many different ways, around the world, people interact with their colleagues at work.
The platform brings the already familiar features such as newsfeed, messenger, groups, updated events, and live stream videos. Since the platform is separate from the regular Facebook, all information shared at Workplace are private and won’t affect your personal Facebook account. Julien Codorniou, Workplace Director and Global Head, told WIRED.com that Workplace is “a subscription-based model – the data belongs to the employer, company and employees, not Facebook.”
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In his Facebook post, the company CEO, Mark Zuckerberg said, “Workplace will help more companies create the kind of open culture that encourages people to connect and share.” He also mentioned that he wanted to make the platform more accessible for non-profits and educational institutions by waiving the subscription fee for the organizations to use Workplace. Meanwhile, the regular subscription fee depends on the number of users registered to the platform: $3 per employee for the first 1,000 employees; $2 per employee for 1,001 to 10,000 users and $1 per employee for more than 10,000 users. The price includes unlimited file, photo and video storage and unlimited groups, events, calls.
Live streaming video
As of today, India, USA, Norway, UK and France are the top countries that are using the platform. Various organizations from big companies like Starbucks and Danone to non-profits like Oxfam are already onboard and currently using Workplace to communicate and collaborate internally. Facebook’s Chief Product Officer, Chris Cox, shared Workplace’s success story in a Facebook post; how Workplace improved Yoma Bank of Myanmar internal communications and ultimately changed the way the company works for the better. “Now they’ve skipped email and switched straight to Workplace, which they use to stay in touch, recruit new staff and even raise money for disaster relief,” he wrote in the status.
In the near future, Facebook, as well as Workplace, promise to “keep moving forward.” They ensure that there will be more features that support all type of organizations – nonprofits, educations, and corporates.