Wednesday 11, May 2016

Dubai – MENA Herald: Landmark Group, the Middle East-based retail and hospitality conglomerate, has launched Facebook at Work to connect 10,000 employees across 11 countries. The move aims to encourage collaboration and greater cohesiveness at the work place through helping employees communicate in real-time via the rich social media platform.

Facebook at Work allows Landmark employees to connect easily with each other across departments and geographies – both from their desktop computers and from mobile devices using best-in-class Android and iPhone apps.

Julien Codorniou, Director, Facebook at Work, said: “Facebook at Work is a simple way for colleagues to communicate and share across time zones and global offices. We’re excited for Landmark to realize the benefits of Facebook at Work – with increased productivity and collaboration across 10,000 employees in 11 countries.”

Vipen Sethi, CEO, Landmark Group, said: “Landmark Group is pleased to select Facebook at Work to connect Landmarkers across the Middle East and India during work hours and beyond. Social media is certainly the way forward in the corporate environment of tomorrow. For a large and diverse company like ours, Facebook at Work is an ideal tool to encourage employees to collaborate with one another more efficiently and lead to faster and more decisive resolutions to daily operational challenges. We are confident this solution will significantly improve our cohesiveness as a company and enhance productivity.”

The decision to select Facebook at Work as the Group’s official internal collaboration platform and team communication and collaboration tool was influenced by several factors. An important consideration was that employees were already familiar with Facebook, and used the platform in their everyday lives. This meant that adopting the enterprise version would require little or no training.

Key features of Facebook at Work include Instant Messaging, Groups, News Feed, free HD video and audio calling, Search, Events and Polls – all of which can be used by Landmarkers to improve the quality and speed of their day-to-day interactions and team efforts with colleagues.

Savitar Jagtiani, Business Head, E-Commerce, Landmark Group, said: “Facebook at Work allows our colleagues to connect, collaborate and engage in real-time, across geographies to make us a considerably more dynamic organisation. As the world’s first major retailer to leverage this tool, we believe greater interconnectedness will only drive our efforts to enhance productivity and achieve employee happiness.”

Facebook at Work was piloted in the organisation for over six months. During this time the Landmark team created and refined an administrative strategy to ensure that the platform serves the company’s end users and business goals.

Employees’ personal and professional profiles on Facebook at Work are kept completely separate, with dedicated mobile apps for Work and Work Chat. The data shared on Facebook at Work is accessible only by eligible members of the Landmark community. HR management systems have also been integrated to ensure that the on-boarding of new joinees is a seamless process.

Based on the rapid acceptance and positive feedback from the Landmark Group’s employee base, Facebook at Work is quickly gaining uptake as an important platform for greater productivity and better team communication across the board.