Christmas is almost upon us and we recently launched our annual Christmas intranet competition to find out what festive features you are adding to your intranet this year.

Last year we saw some great ideas – from online Christmas cards, intranet advent calendars and office party forums.

Our competition is open to everyone with an intranet, be that an Interact customer or not. So spread your Christmas cheer with us!

Here are some of the entries we’ve had:

Glasgow Housing Association have been doing many festive things on their intranet this year. They have an intranet advent calendar which they update every day by adding a new article about a different staff benefit with a quiz, then link the article to the calendar using the image map editor.

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Dollar Finance are having a great 12 days of Christmas on their intranet.They use the peer-to-peer recognition widget – Interact Rewards and have renamed it ‘Santa’s Presents.’ This lets colleagues give presents in reward for seeing good work and achievement, and on Christmas Eve the stores can swap the presents they have received into actual gifts.

dollar christmas

“We have a Christmas facts section and a Christmas Cracker…joke of the day! together with a countdown until the BIG day! so why does santa have 3 gardens?…so he can hohoho” Paula¬†Kenyon, Dollar Finance

A page called All Yule Need has everything their shops need for Christmas, instead of posting out binders with printed information, so it has made a great cost saving. They have also recorded several videos of Santa delivering messages to the staff which have been shared on their intranet Doris.

North East Derbyshire County Council, added a Festive theme to their intranet and used it for their annual Christmas charity auction of prizes donated by local companies.

“This year we are holding an online auction ‘eBay style’ via a dedicated top menu section. Each lot is a separate discussion thread, bids are made by posting replies. It only began yesterday & is doing great, all in the name of Rainbows Children’s Hospice.” Elaine McGovern

NE Derbyshire

The Royal College of Physicians will be showcasing each department’s entry to the office Christmas decorating competition. They are also running a Christmas Fact of the Day feature on their homepage.

RCP christmas

Congratulations to Paula Kenyon from Dollar Finance, who really got into the spirit of it all and for her great use of creativity which has led to an increase of 250 visits per day!