This year we wanted to share the great ways people have been using their intranet to celebrate the festive season. We asked our customers to give us their seasonal suggestions and then opened a poll where all of our customers could vote for their favourite Christmas creativity. Cate Stone from Thrive Homes was voted as the winner and she has won a fantastic Christmas hamper.

Thrive Homes ran a poll to let staff decide on the venue for the Christmas Charity and their Health and Safety office devised a Christmas Quiz to run over the festive period. Their community involvement team used the intranet to advertise for volunteers to help at a local Christmas event using the discussion forum function and then posted photos of the event on the intranet.

Affinity Sutton made great use of their intranet by opening forums asking for idea suggestions for the Christmas party and using polls for options and menu choices. They also used the blog on their intranet to announce updates and news articles to communicate the different office parties and links to who to contact. They use the free text widget and images to do a virtual advent calendar and use the festive widget pack.

Romec are offering employees the chance to use a forum to send online Christmas cards suggesting a donation to a charity for each person ‘@ tagged’in the message. They also use unwanted Christmas presents as a way of driving the new ‘Buying and Selling’ area on their intranet.

Every year the Chair of Derbyshire County Council raises funds for a chosen charity through a Christmas raffle/auction of prizes donated by local companies. This year they are holding an online auction ‘eBay style’ via a dedicated top menu section. Each ‘lot’ is a separate discussion thread and bids are made by posting replies.

Severn Vale have used the forums for organising their office Secret Santa and other announcements including news articles regarding the customer winter party and office closure times. They are also using the calendars for Christmas celebrations and the staff children’s party and widgets on the homepage to highlight forums and events.

Waterstone’s have made their homepages festive using the gallery widget to put an advent calendar on our homepage – sharing shops’ top tips or favourite books for Christmas, or just a ‘Merry Christmas’ message. They have also set up a Christmas area, which pulls together all Christmas specific information via keywords.

HMV have a Christmas page on their intranet about the Christmas activity that is taking place in store including festive product sections, POS, trading activities and party details. They also have the Christmas edition of their internal magazine on display and festive colleague benefits.

Mosscare created a Christmas feel on their intranet using widgets and a discussion board to advertise the event. They followed it up with a photo gallery and an article. They also created festive and annual top ten lists to share the type of content staff had been viewing in a fun way!

Interact would like to wish every one a very Merry Christmas!