The Employee Life Cycle & The Internal Community

If you are struggling with any of the following talent management issues, or you are planing for the future so you don’t have to struggle with these issues then you may want to start looking into an internal community for your company.

  • Breaking down barriers that stifle collaboration and innovation
  • Identifying the latent professional networks that drive your organization
  • Locating company expertise when it’s needed most
  • Building a corporate memory
  • Retaining Generation Y
  • Engaging valued alumni and retirees

Among many other issues your company may face trying to strategically plan for the full employee life
cycle, implementing an internal workplace community is your best bet.
It’s the one tool that spans all facets of human capital management.
Internal workplace communities can give your organization the tools and
the power to broaden their existing talents through information sharing,
professional networking, informal social learning, and ongoing
collaboration. Especially in large, national or even global
organizations, being able to collaborate effectively will improve
performance and alignment.

Internal workplace communities can assist in all these areas and more, and are really worth looking into if you haven’t already, the basic company intranet just doesn’t cut it anymore in the Talent Age!


An internal community can help new hires connect with the people they need to know to succeed and cut time-to-proficiency drastically. Tools and strategies like a LMS can be integrated to help train your new

Performance Support

You know the old adage, it’s not what you know but who you know? Well it applies here. Internal communities allow employees to develop professional networks that assist in the development and engagement of
employees and drives performance.

Informal Learning

Most of us who have had to make budgets for training and development understand that upwards of 80% of our budgets go to formal training programs. LMS, Seminars, Online courses etc are all awfully expensive.
But did you know that only 10% of what we learn comes from these
methods? 70% of our learning comes from informal collaboration. Using an
internal community you can evolve your LMS strategy to include
collaborative informal learning, as well as incorporating tools such as
wikis, blogs, videos, social bookmarking, document sharing and more!

Workforce Management

By using an internal community you can have better insight into the informal networks that develop in your organization. This enables bottom-up, socially driven succession planning. Most programs have
robust reporting capabilities that allow you to maximize your time for
workforce planning, succession planning, and finding the key players in
your organization.

Internal Recruiting

In an internal workplace community employees have the ability to develop rich profiles and communities that are active and take advantage of networking make internal recruitment work, giving you the ability to
cut back on expensive external recruitment practices like third-party
recruiters and expensive job postings, and find more sources of talent
in-house that are already aligned with your organizations goals and

Alumni & Retiree Management Networks

How do you keep track and maintain those relationships with valued alumni and retirees, who by the way are leaving with a huge mass of knowledge that you may need to tap into down the road. Maintaining a
priceless “corporate memory”, branding, recruiting, etc. an
organizational alumni community is a quick way to demonstrate the value
of business social networking.

You should absolutely be looking into an internal community if you don’t have one already. Internal communities are a way to expose your employees to all facets of the business, people, and culture of your
organization. Having a place for people to share knowledge and
expertise, to socialize, develop and grow is the best way to have happy,
engaged employees. Tell me what you think? Do you use this kind of
technology? Tell us about it!

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