Cisco’s collaboration solution is now deployed internally to 110,000 employees and contractors worldwide. As the future of work continues to evolve to be more collaborative, business transformation is a must. At Cisco, that means continuing to break down the silos and bring teams closer together. Enter the Integrated Workforce Experience (IWE), the next generation of Cisco’s intranet. IWE enables employees to connect, communicate, and collaborate with each other. IWE is also one of Cisco’s enterprise-wide investments that will, over time, result in a best-in-class employee experience.
In keeping with the focus on using Cisco’s technology, the company has transitioned IWE powered by Cisco Quad collaboration software and has made it available to all employees and contractors. Cisco Quad, an enterprise social collaboration platform, is one of the company’s newest additions to its collaboration portfolio—and customers are purchasing it today.
At Cisco, we recognize that building a culture of inclusion and diversity is both a business and a cultural imperative. It is simply not enough to have a diverse workforce. An inclusive environment where all of Cisco’s employees can work together allows us to anticipate important market transitions, be responsive to customer needs, be innovative in our technology and business models, and build a solid foundation for the future.
This project was started in September 2010, by syndicated columnist and author Dan Savage and his partner Terry, who created a YouTube video with the hope to inspire youth that face harassment. Cisco employee participation with this video echoes the company’s commitment to end bullying and name-calling in schools through the sponsorship of GLSEN’s No-Name Calling Week.
A (U.S.*) Thanksgiving tradition in many households is to go around the dinner table and have everyone state what they are thankful for. As we enter the twilight of 2010, I thought that it is a good time to reflect on what I am thankful for at Cisco.
Here is my (decidedly) Cisco-centric list…in reverse order (David Letterman “Top 10 List” style):
#10 – Quality of Life. We have the technology to make it easy and productive to work from anywhere at any time. Broadband was the first step. Collaborative technology is the second. And, now, pervasive video makes it quite seamless indeed. This could also easily be the #1 reason I am thankful to be at Cisco.
#9 – Teamwork. Two heads are better than one. We have a collaborative culture and that makes success much sweeter.
#8 – Fun. We have fun at Cisco. While it may sound trite: if you aren’t having fun, why are you doing it?
#7 – Diversity. Diversity makes us stronger. Diversity of thinking, background, geography, products and more
#6 – Empowerment. Cisco was just recognized as the best employer in all of Canada. One of the reasons stated was because we empower employees to do their job. It may be tough to get into Cisco (I, for instance, interviewed with 11 different people), but once you are hired, we trust you as a professional to do your job.
When you think about retaining top-notch employees, several factors come to mind: compensation, company culture, and company location. Here’s one more item that should be on your list--technology infrastructure.
Take a moment and think: What’s in your server closet and what’s on your employees desks? Technology can be a powerful tool to help your company hold onto employees. But few employers think about technology as a tool to retain and engage their employees.
Following are a couple technologies and how they can help your company do just that: