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LineZero

Our blog is backed by the team at Workplace from Facebook, consisting of IT, HR, CEO, CIO, Communication and Strategy and Content experts. We believe our content is a collaborative effort, with the focus on the details and information, not the person.

Recent posts by LineZero

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Communications Blueprint for Returning to the Office: Step by Step

By LineZero on 10-Jun-2021 1:08:23 PM

Countries around the world are working toward successfully suppressing COVID-19, and after a year and a half long battle, there’s light at the end of the tunnel. Many organizations in parts of the world are starting to bring their staff back into the office and restoring their lively in-person culture. Is your company working on a return to office plan? Are you considering a hybrid return to office strategy for the interim, and working your way back to full return to office over the next several months?

Wherever you are on crafting your return to office strategy, it’s important to consider how you’re going to communicate all the changes that will be happening over the next several months. That’s where Workplace from Facebook shines! 

In this blog, we'll show you how Workplace can be used to communicate office re-openings, convey vital employee health and safety information for both physical and mental health solutions, and collect employee feedback that will help mitigate employee concerns when returning to work. Read on for step-by-step guidance on how to establish an effective communications plan for in-office or hybrid working in your organization, including free communications toolkits and templates.

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Navigate a New Normal: Mental Health & Return to Office Post-COVID-19

By LineZero on 9-Jun-2021 10:58:59 AM

An international conversation is happening right now around return to the office after working from home. Vaccine rates are climbing, doses are being shipped around the world, and humanity is pulling together to flatten the curve and stop the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. With signs pointing toward the final stretch of this almost two-year dystopia, it seems as though our “new normal”, whatever that may be, is just on our horizon.  

So much so, that we’re seeing phased reopening plans being announced through many parts of the world. As governments are unveiling these plans, this is prompting business owners to begin their own return to office planning, sparking the global debate of whether there is a need to return to an office at all. Many employees have adjusted to a new remote work lifestyle over the pandemic, and, according to Harvard Business School’s recent study, 81% of workers either don’t want to go back to the office, or would prefer a hybrid solution going forward. 

Throughout this entire conversation, one prevalent theme seems to keep returning: COVID-19 and mental health. How has the pandemic taken a toll on employee mental health and wellness? How can organizations prioritize mental health while also implementing their return to office plans? In this blog, we aim to answer these questions.  

 

Topics: Workplace culture communication tool corporate culture connect
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How to Build a Return to Office Plan: Top 3 Tips

By LineZero on 8-Jun-2021 12:25:03 PM

Is it time to start thinking about building a Return to Office Plan for your organization?  

It seems almost too good to be true, but after a year and a half of lockdowns, enforced social distancing, uncertainty, pain, and strife, we are seeing some encouraging signs of progress in beating back COVID-19.  Cases are dropping as vaccination rates rise, and many countries are even putting together phased reopening plans, including plans around returning to office life. It won’t be long before we’re seeing the emergence of a “new normal”, whatever that may look like.

However, returning to the office is also seen as a bit of a hot-button issue right now. When workplaces closed and employees were told to work from home for the foreseeable future, a massive shift occurred; organizations adopted new ways of working that made it easier, and more effective for employees to work remotely.

This meant that the jobs that organizations had said needed to be done in-person, were now being done from kitchen tables, spare bedrooms, home offices, patios, cottages, and other unlikely places. Employees doing those jobs proved that they could be done remote, and this has led to push-back from those employees, who, when the pandemic is over, aren’t willing to go back to the office full-time. In fact, Harvard Business School’s recent study shows that a whopping 81% of workers either don’t want to go back to the office, or would prefer a hybrid solution going forward.

So, the question is, how do you build an efficient and effective return to office plan that both management and employees can be happy with? How can you make sure that you’re taking care of your employees’ physical and mental health while returning to the office?

 

This blog aims to answer those questions with our top 3 tips on how you can build a return to office plan.

Topics: Workplace culture communication tool corporate culture connect
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Effective File Sharing & Document Sharing Makes Communications Superheroes

By LineZero on 2-Jun-2021 12:09:26 PM

File sharing or document sharing is something that all organizations need to focus on – do your employees, from frontline workers to CEOs, have access to the files and documents they need, when they need them, and on the device that is most convenient for them? If the answer to this question is no, then it’s time to make file sharing and document sharing your new superpower!

Sometimes, just the idea of trying to implement a new tool or app can seem overwhelming. "We don't need any more tools or apps right now – right?”

This is when you need to take inventory of the current tools and apps you have and ask yourself, are you getting the most out of them? Are there ways that you can integrate some of these tools together that could increase productivity within your organization? How can you use the tools to work better together, especially as it pertains to file sharing? How can you ensure that everyone has what they need when they need it?

In this blog, we’re going to explore these very questions and show you how integrating Workplace from Facebook and Microsoft SharePoint can turn your file sharing needs into file sharing superpowers!

Topics: Workplace communication tools document sharing
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Top 5 Things You Need to Know about Microsoft Power BI

By LineZero on 1-Jun-2021 11:22:45 AM

As a Workplace from Facebook user, what exactly is Microsoft Power BI and how does it apply to your organization? How can Power BI help transform your Workplace data into something tangible, visual, and actionable?

In our last blog, we showed how Power BI and Workplace from Facebook’s better together story helps communications professionals to turn the data they collect on the impact of their communications into easy-to-read, easy-to-understand, graphically pleasing reports. By working together, Power BI and Workplace from Facebook can help those in communications make the most of their reporting.

As a follow up to that blog, we wanted to further expand on the powerful capabilities of Power BI by highlighting 5 important things that you need to know about this data & analytics platform. Read on to learn more!

Topics: Workplace culture communication tool corporate culture connect
7 min read

6 Tips for Building Strong Connections and Culture in Your Organization

By LineZero on 26-May-2021 2:21:01 PM

Missed Connection: You were trying to share your perspective, but I wasn’t able to fully grasp your meaning. There just seemed to be a gap in our way – would love to reconnect.

Sound familiar? If you’re ready to connect with your employees on a whole new level, this blog is for you. At our recent #CONN3CT Virtual Conference, we were privileged to have Nancy McKay of McKay CEO Forums join us to share some knowledge around reducing the communication gap by leading with transparency and authenticity.

What needs to change so that we can all become much more closely connected? Read on to explore the answer to this question and the main learnings from the session. Also, feel free to watch the recording at your convenience and tap into more ideas, tips, and suggestions that can inspire you and your team.

Topics: Workplace culture communication tool corporate culture connect
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Making the Most of Your Reporting with Workplace and Power BI

By LineZero on 25-May-2021 12:25:15 PM

Workplace from Facebook and Power BI’s better together story starts with your data.

As a communications professional, Workplace from Facebook helps you to measure the impact of your communications – announcements, posts, polls, and more – on your workforce. Where Power BI comes in is to turn those measurements into an easy-to-read, easy-to-understand, graphically pleasing format.

In this blog, we’re going to show you how to make the most of your reporting, with Workplace from Facebook and Power BI working together.

Topics: Workplace culture communication tool corporate culture connect
7 min read

How To Implement A Content Management Strategy: 5 Key Steps

By LineZero on 19-May-2021 12:22:50 PM

Whether you’re large or small, your organization needs a content management strategy.  You’re producing a sizeable amount of content each and every day – from emails, to documents, to graphics, to communications – the list goes on.

All of this data needs to reside somewhere - it’s essential to make sure that you have a content management strategy in place to store and manage these massive volumes of data.

But, one thing we’ve heard from our customers, is that they don’t always know where to start. If this sounds familiar to you, read on – because we’re going to give you the five key steps to getting started with your content management strategy.

Topics: Workplace culture communication tool corporate culture connect
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6 Easy Steps to Run a Town Hall with Microsoft Teams and Workplace from Facebook

By LineZero on 18-May-2021 2:10:37 PM

Microsoft Teams and Workplace from Facebook – there’s no doubt they’re powerful alone, but are they better together? This is a common question we get asked among internal communications leaders when they’re looking at which collaboration tool is the best fit for their business. Leaders love the familiarity and high adoption of Workplace from Facebook, but their organization runs on Microsoft technologies.

The good news is that a “one-size-fits-all” software solution is a thing of the past, and Microsoft Teams and Workplace from Facebook is no longer an “either-or” decision. When used together, you can achieve even greater business outcomes by creating best-in-class employee experiences. In this blog, we’ll explore how Microsoft Teams and Workplace from Facebook can be utilized in your organization from the lens of a communications leader.

Topics: "news" Workplace culture communication tool corporate culture connect
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8 Gender Equality Initiatives that Can #MakeAnImpact In Your Organization

By LineZero on 13-May-2021 8:26:39 AM

What can your organization do to advocate for gender equality and diversity? LineZero’s recent #MakeAnImpact webinar featured 4 women leaders from HarperCollins Publishers, SWBC, Workplace from Facebook and LineZero, who shared tips for creating a more gender-equal workplace. Read on to explore the main learnings from the webinar. The webinar recording is available for you to watch at your convenience to tap into more ideas, tips, and suggestions that can inspire you and your team.

Topics: "news" Workplace culture communication tool corporate culture connect
7 min read

Workplace from Facebook and Microsoft Teams: Your Internal Communications Magic Wand!

By LineZero on 29-Apr-2021 2:08:28 PM

Currently looking at Microsoft Teams and Workplace from Facebook and wondering which one is better for your organization? Why not use both and achieve better business outcomes? In this blog, we’ll compare Workplace from Facebook and Microsoft Teams in detail and help you to explore the benefits of using both great tools – together!

Topics: "news" Workplace culture communication tool corporate culture connect
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How to enhance your company’s diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging efforts with technology

By LineZero on 23-Apr-2021 10:42:03 AM

According to McKinsey’s report “Diversity wins: How inclusion matters”, although a third of companies are achieving real gains in diversity and inclusion, the “majority are remaining static or declining – even where their leaders have articulated noble aspirations for inclusion and diversity.”

Having motivation alone isn’t enough. Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEIB) initiatives in the workplace need to be intentionally and carefully cultivated.

What are some concrete ways organizations can effectively create and foster DEIB initiatives? The first step is to understand what each of the terms – diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging – mean in the workplace. With a clearer understanding of each term, you can consider what tool and platform you want and need to have in place for any initiatives. Further, with more people working remotely than ever before, and less in-person interactions, it’s important to determine what technology can be the best platform for your DEIB initiatives that everybody can access - this can be a big factor in the success of your initiatives.

Topics: "news"
1 min read

How to Recognize Employee Performance to Spark Innovation at Work

By LineZero on 17-Apr-2021 12:38:13 AM

Is your organization struggling to innovate? Frustratingly, you’re working hard but you’re not getting very far. According to HBR, it’s not an idea problem – it’s a recognition problem! This vlog explores how to enhance innovation at work and how technology can help to leverage new ideas from employees. Watch the video to learn how your organization can build a culture of innovation through intentional recognition of teams and individuals.

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How to Make Productivity Improvements in Your Organization

By LineZero on 25-Mar-2021 2:00:00 PM

As communications leaders, there is so much to do and little time to do it. Being an effective leader involves putting the right systems and processes in place to enhance team productivity and empower people to do their best work. So, how can you make intentional efforts toward increasing your organizational productivity, specifically within and across teams?

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How to Achieve Permanent State of Adaptability in the Workplace?

By LineZero on 18-Mar-2021 2:00:00 PM

Hello everyone. Welcome to LineZero’s vlog series. In HBR’s recent article, “The Secret of Adaptable Organizations is Trust,” the author presents a “less is more” approach to adaptability using three design principles that can help leaders loosen their grip on the organization (while not allowing it to descend into chaos) to give employees the freedom they need to work effectively. During the pandemic, many CEOs reported that their organization appears to work best in crisis mode. Now, to achieve a permanent state of adaptability, the question becomes – how can organizations use this momentum and experience to move from crisis mode to forward thinking? Let’s take a look.  

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