110 Reasons Why Companies Should Consider Facebook’s Workplace
2Workplace Has Been in Testing
Enterprise users can’t stand the idea of using first-run software. So Facebook tried to allay those fears by testing Workplace for more than a year. More than 1,000 organizations have already used the service and created nearly 100,000 groups, the company said. While there might be some glitches in Workplace, it’s nice to know Facebook has thought about its users and tested it before launch.
3Mobile or Desktop
4Groups Are the Central Experience
Groups stand at the center of the Workplace experience. Companies create groups around specific topics or interests and only invite certain employees into those groups. Because of that, users can share content with other employees without worrying about unauthorized workers getting access to their conversations or files. Think of it like channels in Slack.
5And Don’t Forget About Multi-Company Groups
Facebook Workplace comes with support for multi-company groups. The feature means people outside an organization can join a group and collaborate with the organization’s employees on important topics, files and more. It could be an especially handy feature for services companies working with corporate clients.
6Facebook Brings the News Feed
No surprise here, but Facebook Workplace comes with the social network’s ubiquitous News Feed. The News Feed delivers a steady stream of the latest group updates and acts as the place for users to input their own new content. The feature is nearly identical to Facebook’s standard News Feed, providing users with the latest updates from users within the group.
7Try Out the Chatting
8Live Video Services, of Course
Facebook’s live video push has extended to Workplace. From the app, users can choose to “go live” on Workplace and stream whatever they’re seeing in the moment. Other employees can then comment on the videos, share reactions and more. Facebook believes it could be a nice way for a company’s employees to collaborate.
9Facebook Touts Its Search
Facebook Workplace comes with a search feature that the company said will make it easy for users to find files, old messages from colleagues and much more. Being able to talk to other users is one thing, but being able to go back in time and find content is critical. That’s where the search feature comes in—and it could prove to be one of Workplace’s most important features.
10A Word About Controls
The IT side will be happy to know Workplace comes with a wide range of controls. From the service’s Admin panel, administrators can choose which people can join the company’s Workplace, put users into different groups, see how many posts users have published and much more. The Admin console is the place to manage a company’s entire Workplace in the workplace.
11Let’s Talk About Pricing
Unlike some of its competitors (think Slack), Workplace doesn’t offer a free option for for-profit companies (nonprofits and educational institutions get it at no charge). Instead, companies can sign up for a free three-month trial and then will be charged up to $3 per user per month, depending on the number of active users within their groups. It’s important to note that the fee is based solely on active users, or those who have used the service in a particular month. Companies do not need to pay for those who are signed up and haven’t used the service during that month.