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If you were watching This Morning this morning, you might have spotted Carney and the Osmo Pro pinging round White City as Holly, Phillip and Elton John addressed the nation.  That's because The Captain has spent the day at Television Centre getting the lowdown on Workplace by Facebook.  We were utterly chuffed when our friends at Innovision invited us to film Transform at Soho House and Carney skipped down to London to hear all about HR Bots and People Science.

The workplace is much more decentralized today than it was in decades past, making collaboration software an essential part of accomplishing goals. There are plenty of collaboration options available, but all come with a catch: They don't look like any platform you use in your personal life.  

Workplace is the business version of Facebook for enterprise, and it gives other collaboration tools a run for their money. 

 

2 BILLION of us already use Facebook regularly.  Facebook's employees have been internally using a version of Workplace for years.  Facebook has also let other companies test Workplace in beta form since at least 2015.  Workplace has attracted monster clients, including Clarins, Starbucks, the 100,000-employee Royal Bank Of Scotland, and Booking.com.  The standard plan is totally free, if you have a Facebook you already know how to use it, so it's much easier than getting your head (and everyone else's) round Slack.

Workplace includes the best of Facebook, such as News Feed, the ability to create and share in Groups, features like Live, Reactions, Search, and Trending posts, and chat so that colleagues can communicate in real time. There's even something called Multi-Company Groups, which allows employees from different organizations can work together.  Larger organisations will appreciate that Workplace includes a dashboard with analytics and integrations with single sign-on, in addition to identity providers that allow companies to integrate Workplace with their existing IT systems.

We've been using it at Crows Nest Films for a while, but hey, we're early adopters, we see beyond the horizon.