Despite a broad track record across the digital space, the notion of wikis in the workplace
still makes enterprises twitch with fear. Whether because they don't fully understand what a wiki is, or because the word itself conjures up visions of Lord of the Flies
(employees running amok, unmanageable access to all kinds of information), many fail to realize the benefits of this helpful collaboration tool.
Wikis can help employees share information, track workflow and allow users to edit and author information with ease, often saving time and money. Back in March, BusinessWeek reported on the Wiki Workplace
, acknowledging that "the Net Generation will increasingly bring a heightened comfort with technology, inclination toward social connectivity, more emphasis on creativity and fun."
Designed specifically for collaboration and mindshare, wikis are most successful when they're allowed to grow from a grassroots effort. Successful implementation of a wiki model of course depends upon employer compliance and learning curves, but there is plenty of help out there.
Offerings like SamePage
, for example, are both user- and enterprise-friendly. And Wiki Patterns
has proven helpful for enterprises seeking more organization in the overall flow of user-generated information.
While it may be a challenge for companies to relinquish control of information management, wikis, when used thoughtfully and with trust, "help employees connect with more people, in more regions of the world, with less hassle and more enjoyment."
If your workplace is considering incorporating wikis into its workflow, consider attending a one-hour educational webinar
featuring MWW Group & Socialtext
on Thursday, July 26 at 12PM PST.
This complimentary one-hour set will feature industry experts from MWW Group, a public relations agency nationally recognized for its work in corporate communications, and SocialText, a leading provider of Enterprise 2.0
solutions, who will discuss how organizations are incorporating Web 2.0
technologies, like wikis, into the workplace.
They will also share details on how they use wikis today: accelerating project cycle times, unlocking knowledge lost in email, fostering team-building, stimulating greater innovation, and increasing collaboration between employees and partners, suppliers and clients. Register today!