Get The Word Out

... And get employees communicating--faster, cheaper and more effectively.

Guess what: Big companies are doing most of their internal communications more cheaply than you are. What does it cost you to hand out a revised employee manual to every worker? Or an updated phone/e-mail contact list? If you're spending even one cent on either, you're spending more than some large corporations are. Why? Many stopped printing and photocopying such things long ago and are putting all the information up on their intranets.

An intranet can be simple, containing maybe an employee handbook, an internal phone directory and a list of company holidays. But it can quickly become more elaborate, maybe with space provided for announcements news flashes, to-do lists, shared calendars and perhaps even room for employees to post personal items of their choosing, such as photos of new babies.

Robert McGarvey writes on business, psychology and management topics for several national publications. To reach him with your questions or comments, e-mail

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This article was originally published in the February 2000 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: Get The Word Out.

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