Facebook is further developing its Workplace platform. Two new features are just the beginning of many further developments.
In 2020, almost the entire work landscape was overturned. What was previously work in the office is now for many home offices at their own desk. Suddenly, everyday work had to be reorganized, which gave collaboration platforms such as Slack and Asana a big boost. Facebook also offers Workplace offer a similar service for which the company now announced some updates.
Facebook for work: Workplace is structured exactly like the social network
Nobody can predict what the world of work will look like this year and next, but Facebook is convinced that collaboration tools like Workplace will continue to become more and more important in the future. The company sees an advantage of its own tool in the fact that Workplace is structured exactly like the social platform Facebook. So users don’t have to get used to new functions. Ujjwal singh, Head of Product Strategy bei Workplace, erklärt Techradar that this is exactly what means a head start over other providers:
We are very much built in a similar way to Facebook. And that’s one of our core value propositions. People know what a ‘reaction’ is, what a ‘like’ is, what a ‘news feed’ is and they’ve seen people ‘go live’ on Facebook. So there isn’t a large learning curve associated with Workplace.
Workplace: new features for 2021
In 2021, Workplace wants to implement more and more features that work well on Facebook. The point is not to make an exact copy, but only to take on the functions that make sense in a work environment. Workplace starts the new year with two new features:
- Live with multiple hosts
- Safety Center
Companies can go live in the Workplace broadcast feature, which works like Facebook Live. With the update it is now possible to hold Q & As or panel discussions – also with speakers from other companies.
In the safety center, employees can report as safe in the event of an emergency. Since 2014, Facebook has been offering this feature after natural disasters or terrorist attacks. The same now applies to Workplace. For example, if a fire breaks out in the office, employees can use the function to indicate that they are fine.
No two safety incidents are the same. But if there’s one commonality, it’s the need for employers to be able to check on and clearly communicate with impacted employees quickly. New message types and multiple messages will enable organizations to better tailor their crisis response to the situation,
explains Workplace. The new functions should only be the start for 2021. They want to keep working on connecting people and making everyday work easier.
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