As you’ve probably noticed, as of this weekend Worksona is now CompanyLoop!

Why the name change? After considering lots of options, ultimately we wanted the name of our site to better reflect the service we provide–growing your network and building your relationships at your company! Plus, it’s easier to say! 🙂

As of today, our blog is migrating to http://blog.companyloop.com/ and this WordPress.com blog will be retired.

The CompanyLoop team would also like to take a moment to thank all of you for bringing CompanyLoop to your companies. We’ve come a long way together so quickly, and we look forward to listening to you on how we can improve the service to serve you better in the days ahead

Thank you!

Cheers,
The CompanyLoop Team

Ever wanted to meet people in marketing at your company? Or people in the Chicago office? Or people in your office who are interested in playing basketball after work? Or someone looking to mentor a junior engineer?

We all have people we’d love to meet in our companies–for mentorship, for fun, or to help grow our careers. However, as we all know, it’s really challenging to make those connections. In most companies, there is no forum or company program that makes finding the people you’re interested in meeting easy or even possible.

Worksona’s “Connect with Co-workers” features make finding co-workers that match your preferences easy. With Worksona, you have the option to receive the following types of connections with your co-workers:

  • People in certain roles, departments, or offices
  • People who’ve worked on certain projects
  • People who are interested in mentoring or being mentored
  • People who are interested in learning certain skills
  • People who would like to start an interest group
  • People who would like to play sports after work
  • People who went to the same college or worked at the same past company
  • People who’ve been to the same conferences or taken the same courses

The beauty of Worksona is you just tell us the types of people at your company that you’d like to be introduced to, and we do all the searching for you.

If you’d like to make more useful connections at your company, give Worksona a try.

Lance at YourHRGuy writes,

The number of times that I’ve asked someone for a major professional accomplishment and they’ve stumbled and given me a really poor answer is way too high for what it should be… So start documenting success and failures at work. Big ones, little ones, progressive gains, educational achievements, positive feedback from co-workers, negative feedback from bosses…

Isn’t it true? Despite years of hard work and making great contributions to the company, most people never document their successes in the workplace. When it comes time for a review or promotion (not just when job hunting), having a record of your accomplishments could prove quite valuable.

Worksona lets everyone who works at your company document their accomplishments since joining the company. By building their profile page, co-workers share the projects, products, and campaigns they’ve worked on.

In addition, Worksona lets employees ask co-workers for acknowledgements on each specific project or initiative. Over time, your Worksona profile becomes a very valuable record of your achievements!

Almost every employee has ideas for improvement–of products, of processes, and everything in between. Sometimes employees in big companies know who to talk to to effect change. But often, those thoughts and ideas get lost in the fray, and the innovative idea never comes to fruition.

Worksona discussion forums were specifically designed to facilitate this kind of communication that is often lost within large organizations.

Worksona discussion forums allow people within your company to:

  • share your thoughts and get feedback from others at your company,
  • ask questions and get help from your co-workers,
  • share good articles, links, or websites with your co-workers, and
  • discuss ideas with co-workers who want to start or join an interest group.

Worksona allows employees to connect and help each other in ways never before possible!

At the heart of many workplace organizations is the unspoken mantra: value knowledge first – then people.

Before starting Worksona, I worked at a company like this. The result was that I felt very much like a cog in a machine, a number, and was completely miserable. People would get burned out, and were easily replaced when gone. I left before a year was up.

At the heart of any workplace organization should be a high valuation on people, because people and relationships are the foundation of any organization. Work doesn’t get done without human hands. It is through people that knowledge flows.

If that were to happen, social networking tools might become just as important as document repositories. Steve Roessler at All Things Workplace put it best when he said:

I find social networking tools more natural and conversational than emails. Sort of the difference between telling people a real story and showing them bullet points on Powerpoint.

… that’s what happens when you put people first.

– Holly

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Most people would agree networking that within your company is important for career success. But how do you do that? Networker Jason Jacobsohn in an article suggests:

  • Attending company events
  • Helping others
  • Joining a committee

These methods are all tried and true…and have been for decades. But how can web services help? At most, companies usually only have an arcane company directory.

Worksona has developed a service specifically designed to help people who work for big companies network with their company. When you join Worksona, you can:

  • Browse the profile pages of everyone at your company
  • Invite co-workers to join your company network
  • Meet co-workers in specific offices or on specific projects
  • Find a mentor or mentee
  • Meet co-workers interested in starting an interest group
  • Find co-workers interested in playing sports after work

Worksona allows you to find the people you want to meet more powerfully than ever before. Give it a whirl and let us know what you think!

Does that title invoke dread or intrigue? For many of us, I’m sure it’s dread–but it doesn’t have to be. Eric Pennington, author of Epic Living and “Waking Up in Corporate America: The Seven Secrets That Opened My Eyes”, writes:

The majority of working people can be best described as the “the working dead.” They are not people who necessarily decided to be this way. But over time they slowly laid themselves to rest. These people are young and old, black and white, men and women. They have great potential and skill, yet they are dormant.

It’s true that we spend more time at work than at home, and if we really have this great amount of dormant potential energy, why not convert it to live kinetic energy? We hope Worksona, like Eric’s book, can help people do just that in their workplace and working relationships.