It is an exciting time for companies today. A new product by Facebook is slowly making its mark in corporate environments. Workplace is a new networking platform launched by Facebook specific to companies and organizations. It provides a virtual environment for employees to interact with additional security features.
Workforce unlike Facebook is an ad-free, collaborative space that is restricted to the company environment and within a company’s firewall. The aim and features of Workforce is allow ideas to flourish via tools and technologies that provide for freedom of expression, collaboration, feedback, quick decision making and cutting down on hierarchy.
Workforce is a well-tested product. An internal version of it was up and running in Facebook’s very own office for years. In the last one year they have tested Workforce in other companies. Subscription was by invites-only.
The features enable employees to connect to a common platform and work together, share files, hold virtual meetings etc at ease. It does not matter whether the employee is in the office or is on the go, strapped to a mobile phone. The features allow for easy exchange and communication. The kind of companies that have adopted Workforce range from shipping companies who talk to their on-board crew members using Workforce’s Live Video feature to banks that use Workforce for all communication including instead of fax machines.
Today there are more 1,000 organizations worldwide, who have signed up for Workforce with over 100,000 groups created. The top countries using Workforce include USA, India, Norway, UK, France.
Companies using Workforce include Starbucks, Danone, RBS, Yes Bank and Godrej in India, Government Technology Agency of Singapore,Booking.com to name a few. There is a small charge of $3 per employee per month for companies but is given out free of cost to non-profits like Oxfam.
There are developments to Workforce unfolding each day. A feature soon to roll out is a cross-company platform – a shared space for two collaborating companies. The possibilities appear endless!