Today is the day we introduce Workshop to the world. The team behind Workshop has been hard at work addressing one of the toughest challenges that growing teams face. Sharing information, staying connected, and being thoughtful about how we communicate.
When you’re a smaller company, it’s fairly easy to get to know everyone and communicate effectively. As your team becomes increasingly distributed and larger overall, those problems tend to magnify very quickly. Unfortunately, the current solutions you might look to implement tend to be extremely hard to set up, reliant on IT, and just look like they were built in the year 2000 (as a matter of fact, some of them were). With Workshop, we wanted the opposite to be true. We wanted you to be able to set up a modern-looking employee hub, with no technical expertise, and start connecting your team in a meaningful way without all the headaches normally associated with deploying a “corporate intranet”.
Here are just a few highlights of some of the things Workshop’s employee hub will entail.
In large companies, HR or Internal Comms teams often spend a lot of time putting together an employee newsletter. It tends to get pieced together from various sources, and often packaged in a PDF that they attach to an email that they send to the entire company. The recipients may not even care about the majority of the information found in the newsletter, so they just stop reading it because it’s not relevant to them.
At Workshop, we get rid of this problem entirely by allowing your employees to curate their version of an employee newsletter based on the things they care about. Do they want to make sure they get recordings from your latest all-hands meeting? Are they interested in your monthly business metrics? Now you can put them in control of the things they want to hear about. Don’t worry, you can still ensure they hear about more important company updates as well. As for the people sending those updates? Well, they get a robust dashboard full of analytics to see what content they’ve created is really resonating with your employees.
Growing companies may have a bunch of different teams across the company. Like any company, your work will often require you to work across multiple departments. With so many teams across a given company, it can be difficult to keep track of them. With Workshop, each department has a centralized place to find out more about any team within the company. You’ll easily be able to see who is on the team, what email distribution lists they use, the Slack channels they own, and a centralized place for their most important resources.
With departments, anyone at the company can easily learn and feel more connected with your team. Have a new hire on the marketing team? If you have them check out the marketing team hub on Workshop, they’ll start feeling more connected and knowledgeable about their team in no time.
In large and increasingly remote teams, it can be difficult to replace some of the in-person connections your employees would normally get in the lunchroom. With Workshop, each employee has a profile to be able to share information about themselves like who they report to, what team they are on, when they started, and where they are located. Their profile is a place they also have the opportunity to tell more about themselves beyond just their work. If you play in a band outside of work or love the two yellow lab puppies you have at home, this is a great place to share that information as well.
Profiles are meant to be the perfect place to get to know about someone, both personally and professionally. As teams continue to go remote, we’ll be adding more and more features to help employees make more personal connections, even if they don’t get a chance to see each other in person very often.
Streams, teams, and profiles are just a very small peek into what we are building here at Workshop.
We have a laundry list of other things in our product roadmap as well, so if you want to be one of the first people to give Workshop a try, we’d like to invite you to join the waitlist on UseWorkshop.com and we’ll start rolling out invites over the next few weeks and months.