11 Nov

Workplace by facebook!


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There are numerous management and communication tools available these days. There are tons of new ones being released daily that aim to solve problem(s) that companies go through. Be it communication, project management or even events, the tools that seem to become more successful are the ones that offer a mix of everything under one roof. This, probably, lead Facebook to the idea of “Workplace.”

Workplace aims to keep people connected to their company, wherever they are, and vice versa. After their initial beta phase, Workplace is now rolled out to be used by any company or organisation, worldwide. The idea behind Workplace was simple: Connect teams in a company together just as Facebook connects different people together. The theme of social network remains the same and the paradigm changes from “people” to “companies”.

Here is a video giving a small tour of what Workplace has to offer:


Features:


So, what makes Workplace different? Is there any difference from the existing tools available today? Did Facebook implement something disruptive in this service? Or is it just the same social networking website, with a twist?


Let’s dig in deeper, and find out some of the features that stand out.


  • A familiar User experience - Almost everyone using a smartphone uses Facebook. The user interface and experience is not instinctive for the existing Facebook users, a.k.a. everyone. So, what if you use this highly critical factor and develop a whole service around it? That’s what Workplace did. Users never feel anything has “changed”. It is the same look and feel of the application they have been using for years, with the added advantage of using it for work. This removes any learning curve that would generally be present before adopting a new tool for your business.
  • Collaborating with other companiesUsing multi-company groups makes it possible for teams from different companies to work together. To explain this with a small example, imagine your company working with Nike to achieve a set of goals. Using the multi-company groups, teams from both companies can now plan the goals, brainstorm the ideas, define an execution plan and monitor the executed actions all at one place, making it easier to track the progress and achieve the goals quicker. Using the “Groups” feature that Facebook already has and scaling it up a notch on Workplace, increases its productivity by a significant margin.
  • Communication, on the go - With Workplace, you get “Workplace Chat”, which is basically the “Messenger” version of Workplace. On the outset, it would not feel it serves something new, as compared to other tools you are using for communication right now. Be it Skype, Slack or Hangouts. But, when on closer analysis of this specific feature, it indeed adds a lot of value on the overall management and communication process. Allowing the feature of instant messaging and video calls, with higher quality when compared to Skype, Slack, Hangouts or any other tool, it removes the use of multiple tools and keeps it all under a common platform. The amount of different tools and apps significantly decrease in this scenario on Workplace. Also, the live video feature could well be used to have as many people as required, no matter where they're located, to attend a presentation or an announcement. 

  • Integration with external services and platforms - In the list of the possible integrations that Workplace allows, the two most notable names are Dropbox and Google Drive. A majority of the company has information on either of the two systems. Sometimes, it might even be both. With the ability of file sharing and uploading possible on Workplace, seamless integrations with Dropbox and Google Drive add to the ease of use, overall. It helps remove the “finding and sharing” process that teams generally face. With the accounts synced on Workplace, work gets done faster (that’s the whole point, isn’t it?).




Pricing:


Companies, big or small, give various degrees of thought to this factor and for the smaller ones, it might as well be the deciding factor. So for all the awesome features Workplace provides, the image below shows how deep it makes you dig in your pockets to avail them.


Depending on the size of team(s) you have and the amount of scalability in the near future, the prices are pretty much comparable with other tools and services that are present out there today.


P.S - The pricing is monthly, in the image above.


Conclusion:


All in all, following are the pointers that might help you decide if you should go for it or not:

- Do you have teams located away from each other than need to be connected more often than not?

- Does your team work in collaboration with teams from other companies that demands frequent brainstorming sessions on a common platform?

- Does your company use tool(s) already that serve all your needs? If not, does Workplace?

- How tech-savvy is your team in order to adapt to this change in platform and whether that learning curve suits your business model.


These are just a few things that come up before deciding on adopting something new. If you do not have an existing tool to manage your company, Workplace might be good to start with. Weighing all the pros and cons is the key to getting a stable management funnel for your business.



In case you are still confused about whether or not to go for Workplace, feel free to contact us and we will give you a free consultation for the same.



Hope you had a good read!