Workplace by Facebook is a service for collaborating and communicating with your colleagues. It is built upon the social media platform Facebook. The workplace is however independent of Facebook as it is accessed from its own website, keeping your work life and personal life separate. Since a majority of people already use Facebook, the familiar interface will eliminate any learning curve and encourage people to use and stick with it in the long run. On a side note, you do not need to have a Facebook account to join Workplace nor can your employers and colleagues see your personal account.
Create Groups for different departments in your organisation. Or even for various projects. Within Groups, users can post updates, files, ask for feedback, etc. This helps users stay to be up to date on what's going on in their department or a project.
Just like Newsfeed on Facebook, it is all the recent posts in groups, events, and by colleagues. It is an overview of everything that is going on in your organisation. Newsfeed only shows you the activity of colleagues you follow similar to Friends on Facebook) and groups you are a part of.
Workplace has a robust, feature-rich chat to help you connect with colleagues. Have one-ones or collaborate with multiple people on group chat. You can even switch from text chat to audio or video call anytime with a click of a button.
Automate some of your work with bots and interact with them in Chat or Groups. Bots can add quick reply buttons, approve or acknowledge posts, and even send you reminders about upcoming meetings and events. You can also create custom bots to simplify your workflow.
Broadcast essential meetings, Q&As, events with your organisation by going live with the help of your phone or computer. All broadcasts are saved to Workplace so you can access it anytime in the future.
Host events, invite colleagues and get RSVPs. Just like Facebook Events, Workplace offers the same features. An event can be anything from a public workshop, fundraiser, retreats, seminars, award functions, etc. You can add all information regarding the event such as description, date and time of the event, location, etc.
Connect other services used by your organisation to Workplace. Many of your favourite services like Google Drive, Box, Salesforce, Quip, etc. are available with more on the way. This enables you to access other services from within Workspace and also share rich content with your team.
Workplace comes with a powerful search function. So anytime you want to refer back to anything that happened in the past can be searchable across all posts, groups, and even chats.
Workplace has two plans, a standard free version with limited functionality and a paid version with all the bells and whistles. Luckily for you, Workplace's paid plan is FREE for non-profit organisations. Sign-up now!