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Is There a Better Alternative to Workplace by Facebook?

Is There a Better Alternative to Workplace by Facebook?

Are you evaluating Workplace by Facebook for your employee experience? Before making the choice, consider an alternative. Workmates by HR Cloud that has more functionality and better business value—all at a fraction of the cost.

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If you have adopted or are considering adopting Workplace by Facebook for employee communication and collaboration, it may seem like an easy decision—a vendor your leadership team will recognize and an interface your employees are likely familiar with. 

In reality, though, that may be where the advantages of choosing Facebook end. More HR teams are finding that alternatives like Workmates from HR Cloud offer more functionality at a fraction of the cost.

As consumers, we are often willing to pay a higher price for a product that offers more than the competition. But that isn’t the case with Workplace by Facebook. And now more than ever, it is critical for businesses to recognize the full value of their investments in employee solutions. 

In fact, when compared against Workmates, Facebook’s workplace solution costs 2-3 times more than HR Cloud’s offering, depending on the upcharge for frontline employees. The two solutions are comparable in some key areas—for example, both Facebook and HR Cloud support communication essentials such as workplace newsfeeds, groups, and an instant messenger—but Workmates offers many more tools to improve the entire employee experience.


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Let’s examine six features in Workmates by HR Cloud that are not offered from Facebook, and why they should be important factors in your solution choice.

Recognition and rewards

One of the most effective ways to drive employee engagement and motivate performance is enabling quick and easy employee recognition and rewards

Workmates offers “kudos,” an easy way for employees to recognize and thank their team members and peers for individual achievements, hard work, and those above-and-beyond moments with points that can be redeemed for gift cards, corporate items, and other valuable thank-you’s. 

While managers and teams could use workplace newsfeeds in Facebook to offer thanks and recognition, HR Cloud helps you integrate recognition in your culture and workplace directly.Recognition and rewards

A modern social intranet

This may be an area you’d expect Facebook to shine. But in reality, Workmates offers more customization options that ensures our solution fits the way your organization is structured. 

Portals, pages and content are presented based on employees’ roles, location, department, organization hierarchy or any combination of assignment criteria. We understand the need to share the right information and increase communication across your entire workforce regardless of how it is structured.A modern social intranet

Content management system

At the end of the day, Workplace by Facebook is still Facebook. But Workmates is designed to become part of your brand and culture from day one. 

As a fully featured content management system, Workmates allows you to create custom branded pages and upload your own content with ease—documents, newsletters, videos, links, images, rich text editing and more. Workmates even integrates with other leading document and content management systems to help you keep content up to date without having to reinvent your current workflows and processes.Content management system

Employee mobile app

This is clearly a must-have for today’s workforce, which has never been more remote or more mobile. Consider remote employees today who must balance work responsibilities with at-home classrooms, child care, personal care, virtual meetings on the road and more. 

Workmates mobile app ensures every employee remains connected to their team and the organization whenever they are on the go and ensures critical information is always at their fingertips.Employee mobile app

Employee/brand advocacy

Another example of functionality where you might expect Facebook to have the upper hand. However Workmates does a better job of ensuring all employees have the tools they need to advocate for your brand online, promote your products or services, and contribute to a much stronger culture. 

HR Cloud’s social intranet makes it easy for employees to find and share content on their social networks or externally with customers and prospects. As advocates, employees can express positive feelings about their employer, highlight open positions, and promote the benefits of working for your company.brand advocacy

Proactive company announcements

Workmates can even make sure any employee receives important information, no matter how they prefer to receive it. For example, Workmates can send vital company updates and announcements by email, text messaging, SMS alerts (tied into local community’s emergency alert systems), instant messages, and newsletters. Managers can even request employee acknowledgments to make sure every employee is in the know.

To learn more about all of the features Workmates offers--and why it’s a better alternative to Workplace by Facebook, please download our Workmates features guide eBook today.Proactive company announcements

Experience Workmates for yourself

Are you looking for a solution to complete your employee experience? Learn more about Workmates by HR Cloud as an alternative to Facebook’s offering by taking a quick, no-obligation demo. You’ll be surprised how much value our solution offers for a fraction of the cost of Workplace by Facebook.


FAQ section

About features we have
    1. Can we group people?
      You can create different channels that will target specific groups of people. You can create assignment rules so that every new employee that meets the criteria is automatically enrolled in it.
    2. Do you have a chat option?
      Yes, we do. You can send a direct message to a colleague or a group of them.
    3. How can we notify our employees about important news?
      You can send out an announcement. When sending one, you can choose how to notify your employees: with emails, with in-app notifications, with push notifications, or even with text messages.
    4. Can we change some aspects of the app to represent our brand?
      Yes, you can configure your company branding in System Settings which can be applied to headers across the system. We also offer a custom mobile app that will be tailored to your branding and other needs.

    About features, we don't have but Workplace does
    1. Can we pin posts to the top of the Feed-in WM?
      Not at the moment. However, for important announcements, you can make them mandatory. That way they are displayed on the top of the page until acknowledged.
    2. Do you have post insights?
      Not on all posts, just on mandatory read announcements.
    3. Do you offer video conferences?
      Not at the moment, but we are working on integrating with Zoom in order to achieve that.

About Author: This article is written by a marketing team member at HR Cloud. HR Cloud is a leading provider of proven HR solutions, including recruiting, onboarding, employee communications & engagement, and rewards & recognition. Our user-friendly software increases employee productivity, delivers time and cost savings, and minimizes compliance risk.

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