DAFA connects employees globally with modern digital tools
23. April 2023
DAFA has launched three new IT tools in record time, which have become an integral part of the employees' daily work. The tools have increased social cohesion on a global level and contributed to a more coherent organisation.
How does a global company ensure that employees feel connected across language barriers and national borders? For the production company DAFA, the answer was clear: they needed a tool to help them share the good stories, which could adapt to how their employees work.
DAFA is a Danish company that produces solutions for damping, sealing and protection for industry and construction. Headquartered in Aarhus, DAFA employs 320 employees in 8 countries, of which there is production in Denmark, Italy, Poland and China.
Different users with different needs
A new project in DAFA was launched to ensure that all DAFA employees feel connected to each other, no matter which country they live in or which department they come from.
Limited resources were allocated to the project, so it was important for DAFA to find a solution that could be easily implemented in the company. Another goal was to accommodate how different employee groups work. Where the administrative employees most often sit in front of a computer, this is a rarity for the production employees. In addition, there are the salespeople, who are most often at sales meetings or on the road.
“The 3 solutions together gave us just what we needed. The intranet is accessible from the desktop for self-service and news distribution. At the same time, we also post the news on the info screens, where the production employees can read them. I love that I can publish news on the intranet at the same time that they also appear on the info screens. Our final challenge was that we have salespeople who are always on the go and rarely sitting in front of a computer screen. For them, the mobile app was a gift. They get notifications when there is news and they don’t need to be on our VPN system to log in. When they have 5 minutes between meetings, they can stay updated and feel connected to our colleagues,” says Line Holt Wilgaard.
The project in DAFA was assigned 3 dedicated project participants and a deadline of 3 months. The project participants’ rule of thumb was that they should go live on time. It was therefore essential that the chosen solution was easy to implement. And it was.
Line Holt Wilgaard adds, “It was important to us that the product was user-friendly. If you have worked with SharePoint alone, you know that it can be quite complex. With IntraActive Intranet, we got a good template that means we can set up something nice quite quickly.”
An employee-driven news production
DAFA’s goal is that only 20% of the internal news must come from headquarters while the remaining 80% must be produced by the employees themselves. It may seem like an ambitious goal, but just a few months after the launch of the new intranet, it is more than feasible.
Innovation at the forefront
DAFA has a strong focus on innovation and sustainability in all business decisions. With the new digital signage, the intranet and the mobile app, it has become easier to spread this focus to the entire organization.
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