In the digital age of communication, we seem to be having a less in-person conversation and more dialogues online; this is not alarming as 72% of the world population only access the internet via mobile.
If we think about our working population of 3.3B workers, whereas 72% only access the internet via mobile, this means 2B workers are without desktop devices. How are organizations staying connected with their teams? How are departments connecting? With so many organizations seeking a culture of transparency, innovation, and open doors - how can this culture be embraced more easily.
Through the last decade, we have seen several technologies emerge, and die, as they claim to connect, improve communication and collaboration for organizations. Four Technologies have risen to the top: Yammer, Slack, Teams, and Workplace.
As you are reading this article on a Workplace Partner website, we aren’t going to pretend that we aren’t a partner with Workplace From Facebook; however, we also have Microsoft Teams in our internal tools set, and we’ve previously used Yammer and Slack.
PSA: This article is not a sales pitch for Workplace, Teams, or any of the other tools. It is merely a compilation for comparison to help your organization in your decision-making process.
Purpose and Longevity
Before we start on a comparison of features and determining which, if any are ideal for your organization, let’s begin with some background understanding on each of the tools:
Features and Benefits
While each tool seems to have a unique purpose, there are several features which overlap. We’ve collected the (main) features of each tool for easy comparison in the chart below.
|Investment:||Freemium; Included with O365 or Entreprise Paid Option||Freemium version; 2 Business level versions||Freemium version; Business & frontline solution; Enterprise version.||Includes in O365; Freemium version; Business & frontline solution.|
|Security:||HTTPS for Freemium; EU, SOC and ISO standards for paid version||EU, SOC and ISO standards||EU, SOC and ISO standards||EU, SOC and ISO standards|
|Features (see below):|
(SSO with paid version)
|Email, ID Code, SSO||Email, ID Code, SSO|
|Open API||With paid version||With paid version||With paid version||With paid version|
|Engagement||Like, Comment, Follow||Like, Comment||Like, Comment, Follow||Like, Comment|
|Groups||Yes||With paid version||Yes||Yes|
|Video (Upload, Creator)||Yes||With paid version||Yes||Yes|
|Member Directory||Yes||With paid version||Yes||With paid version|
|Org Charts||Yes||With paid version||With paid version||No|
|Analytics||With paid version||With paid version||With paid version||No|
|Feeds||Yes||With paid version||Yes||No|
|External Network Integration||Yes||With paid version||Yes||No|
|Data Export||With paid version||With paid version||With paid version||With paid version|
|Announcements||With paid version||With paid version||Yes||No|
|User Management||With paid version||With paid version||With paid version||With paid version|
Which Tool is Best for Your Organization?
Each tool has a baseline of common features:
- Direct Messaging
- Image, Link, File Sharing
- Mobile App
- Video Conferencing.
Yet, there are some major differences based on the unique needs of your organization, where one tool might excel over another. Take the following mini assessment to identify through the unique makeup of your organization which tools is best suited to your company. Assign one point to each tool for every time you answer yes or no.
I.e.: Does your company have workers without email? Yes. Give Teams and Workplace one point each, etc.
The Solution with the most points at the end would be the ideal tool for your needs.
[Time required for the Assessment 60 seconds]
We hope this short assessment has helped in determining the right tool for your organization. Do you already have Teams in your organization? We don't believe you need to choose between one or the other, but together is better. We have seen organizations that are employing Teams and Workplace are 110% more efficient than simply one or the other.
Would you like to learn how? Perhaps you need support in developing an ROI to the Executive team. We are here to help you on this journey of discovery.
If you would you like to learn more about Workplace or Teams, let’s chat.
Read about some of the Success Stories, like Tim's Camp Foundation, Virgin Atlantic and MLSE who are already using Workplace.