Have you heard about the recent addition to the world’s largest social network, Facebook? It’s called Workplace and it’s designed to make collaboration within non-profit organizations smoother, easier, and more efficient. It’s a concept we champion here at ScheduleBase, and now that Facebook has hopped on board, we thought you’d like to know about why this new feature is worth your attention.
It’s Cost Effective
Let’s start by knocking one of the biggest concerns out of the way – cost. Facebook’s Workplace feature is designed specifically for nonprofit organizations. Like ScheduleBase, Facebook understands the budget constraints you’re up against. You’re already operating on limited funds and don’t have a lot of wiggle room to add costly technology to your operating expenses. With this solution, you don’t have to.
Facebook’s Workplace is a free service for you to tap into. The only cost involved is getting your employees on board with using the new program.
It Simplifies Communication
One of the most challenging parts of working with a mix of volunteers, part-time, and full-time employees is communication. Keeping everyone in the loop and on the same page is difficult, to say the least.
Workplace is designed to make communication simpler. You can speed up the time it takes to get feedback on projects through the chat function. You can create groups for focused conversations that get housed in one place. And, you can make it easier for staff to stay connected with a personalized Newsfeed for everyone on your team.
It Uses Multiple Types of Media
Some people resonate better with written text. Others resonate better with videos. No matter how your team prefers to tune in, you can do it within Workplace. Hold video chats, upload video instructions, or use your keyboard to pound out messages to your team on the fly. The way you communicate is up to you.
It Encourages Collaboration
No matter what type of organization you operate in, one common problem is when each department operates out of a silo. There’s no communication between departments, which makes forward movement slower and harder. With both Workplace and other apps, such as ScheduleBase, having a centralized place where your entire company can collaborate helps ease this common communication barrier and encourage teams to collaborate. The end result for you? A more streamlined organization with more engaged volunteers.
Apps Are Essential
There’s no getting around it these days. Apps are an essential part of how people operate in their professional and personal lives. Now with cost effective technology at your non-profit’s corporate fingertips, you can improve the way people connect with each other throughout your organization, making everyone more engaged and aligned with your overall mission.
Author Profile Jon Forknell is the Vice President and General Manager of Atlas Business Solutions, Inc., a software marketing company specializing in employee scheduling software, including ScheduleBase employee scheduling software, and other business software solutions. In the past, Jon has been recognized by the U.S. Small Business Administration as a SBA Young Entrepreneur of the Year. Atlas Business Solutions was named as one of Software Magazine’s Top 500 Software Companies in 2004 through 2007 and again in 2010, 2013 and 2014.