Drive Employee Engagement through Intranet Adoption

by Yvonne Harris

Employee engagement and experience are more than just buzzwords, they directly impact communication and collaboration within a company. A great way to encourage employees to be engaged is through the adoption of the company intranet.

Understanding Intranet Adoption

Adoption can mean many things,, but it is generally straightforward. For some, it involves tracking users’ first visits to help build analytics, particularly when an intranet platform has just been launched. For others, it has to do with the number of clicks, page visits, contributions, or even the number of employees who have personally configured their homepage.

Why mention the intranet when talking about employee engagement? The corporate intranet is a typical engagement platform, as it is the go-to source within an organization for top-down communication. It is where an employee can find anything from current news about the company to an HR policy or even a leave request form. If an employee isn’t connecting to the intranet, then they are missing out on important information and communications coming from the company—information that could make their day-to-day experience easier.

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How can organizations ensure an employee is engaged in the intranet? A great way to ensure employee engagement is to track platform adoption. If the right analytics have been incorporated within the intranet platform, tracking whether employees are digesting the right information is possible. It’s possible to track whether employees are adopting the platform. Plus, if a good adoption strategy is in place to begin with, there will be analytics to help you continuously shape the intranet over time and ensure all new employees embrace the tool.

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Defining Successful Intranet Adoption

It is critical to define how a company measures successful adoption. A great place to start is to consider the different roles of employees. Depending on whether the employee is a part of HR, communications, or even sales reflects directly on how they will adopt the intranet. Therefore it is important to create comprehensive metrics to track the adoption of these individual profiles.

This may seem like a challenge, but luckily, Powell Software is here to help. We provide the templates for the employee profiles you would like to track. These templates are stocked with the business tools needed for the different departments, making it their go-to place to find helpful information for their roles. We provide real-time analytics within each template to track the visits to these targeted pages. This will give you an overview of how different employee profiles adapt to the new intranet.

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Best Practices for Leveraging People to Ensure Success

Onboard the Internal Comms Team First

Once a company has defined what a successful intranet adoption looks like, it’s time to ensure success. One of the best ways to ensure this is by leveraging people. The goal of the intranet is to communicate throughout an organization, so the first people that need to be onboarded are the internal comms team. They must be ready to highlight the corporate intranet as the go-to place for important information.

Encourage Employee Advocacy

A great way for an internal communications team to promote the intranet is through empowering employee advocacy. Encouraging employees to share corporate information that commences within the intranet platform is a great way to engage them. Powell Software assists with our employee advocacy templates to help the internal comms team boost adoption.

Create an Internal Champion Network

Another way to leverage people to ensure success is by creating an internal champion network. Having internal sponsors to reference when getting comfortable with the intranet is key. These people should be approachable and should be intranet enthusiasts in the corporation.

Set an Example from the Top

When the CEO and senior management go out of their way to show their successful intranet adoption, the rest of the organization has no choice but to follow. Those following this example should be praised on the portal to encourage healthy intranet adoption.

Make the Intranet Easily Accessible

However, the best way to encourage intranet adoption is to incorporate the intranet into the digital workplace. Bring the intranet to employees through a platform they already use daily. If the organization uses Microsoft 365, Microsoft Teams will be the main application employees connect to daily across all roles, especially in the current climate. So why not bring the intranet directly into Microsoft Teams? Luckily Powell Software has an app for that, Powell Governance. From our experience, we know that the best way to encourage adoption is by making the intranet easily accessible for employees of all types.

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The Link Between Intranet Adoption and Engagement

It is important to track intranet adoption because there is an immediate connection between employee engagement and overall company performance. This is why companies want to encourage employees to communicate and engage as much as possible with their digital workplace or intranet. Ensuring the intranet is relevant and up to date is the most effective way for an organization to ensure employees have an easy way to access important company information and a collaborative ecosystem. A good way to confirm this success and subsequently the intranet ROI is through the adoption rate.

How to Track Intranet Adoption: Best Practices

Tracking adoption varies depending on the company’s strategy. However, there are two main types of indicators.

Quantitative Indicators

Quantitative indicators provide analytics and measurements to understand user behavior on the intranet better. To gain these insights, companies can use apps, external tools, or in-app tools. For example, in the Microsoft ecosystem, companies can use SharePoint statistics. It’s also possible to leverage external tools like Google Analytics.

The metrics used depend on the company’s strategy. For example, views, unique visitors, segmentation, search, and user flow metrics.

Tools to Gather Quantitative Insights

First, make the most out of the in-app statistics already available in the ecosystem. SharePoint has some good analytics about the usage of the site and Powell Intranet enables organizations to leverage these more efficiently. Powell Analytics allows organizations to see the traffic per page easily. For example, focusing on the homepage, the front door to the intranet, gives a good indication of usage simply by checking the number of connections.

Strategic Decisions Based on Analysis

A good analysis of connection trends can help companies adapt to certain strategies. For example, if Mondays are usually high connection days, they could be a good day to launch a communication campaign. On the other hand, low-peak days could be chosen for intranet updates.

Knowing which type of device employees access the intranet through helps when planning a continuous development strategy. For example, if users favor desktop access, consider optimizing the content for large-screen devices like laptops. If users are accessing through mobile, it may be a good idea to address mobile work first and track the adoption for field workers.Powell Intranet Mobile

External tools can also be used to advance the analysis. For example, use Google Analytics or integrate this data into Power BI. Push the quantitative data further by having advanced KPIs such as the average time per page, user segmentation analysis, or even some navigation trends on the site. Powell Software provides an easy way to integrate external analytics like Google Analytics.

Tracking adoption with figures and statistics is a start, but it’s also crucial to understand the end-user experience and how employees perceive the tool. This is why qualitative analysis is also key.

Qualitative Indicators

The second type of indicator is qualitative, which gathers feedback from users to identify changes that will drive overall intranet adoption. To sound out employees’ opinions, surveys, workshops, and tools like user voices are used.

It is crucial that organizations are connected to employees’ needs and understand their pain points. Then, they can choose how to address these needs in the digital workplace.

These challenges can be summarized into four topics:

  1. Employee Engagement: Are employees are engaged with the intranet?
  2. Communication Relevancy: Is the right content available on the intranet?
  3. Employee Processes: Are you pushing the right apps, business tools, and processes to make life easier for employees?
  4. Employee Productivity: Are employees saving time thanks to the intranet?

Powell Software helps address these challenges by providing templates like employee advocacy, ideation, gamification, or employee onboarding.

It’s also important to focus on the intranet’s future, seek evolution, and find ways to improve. A digital workplace is not supposed to be stagnant; it should be consistently improving. By capturing qualitative indicators, an organization can identify which challenges can be improved and how to address them. Then, it can measure the current situation based on those metrics, e.g., what business value the intranet delivers.

Lastly, to make an intranet successful, it is important to include management and make them ambassadors for the intranet. Only when management is involved will intranet adoption be a real success.


Successful adoption of an intranet starts with defining an adoption strategy, updated and adapted to the organization, to leverage both quantitative and qualitative indicators. Also, tracking adoption as a key indicator for the success of the intranet, and then finally to use those insights as an adoption booster.

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