Persimmon deploys remote access internal comms platform

Persimmon Homes has completed development of a remote access internal communications platform for its 5,000-plus employees.

The platform, created by software developer Audacia, enables instant communication, for a workforce that is working substantially remotely. It includes a content management portal for teams to create draft content, adding tags for increased searchability and the attaching of multiple files and media content.

Features also allow for segmenting content at a corporate, regional, or service level, as well as enabling external partners to review and publish content on its behalf.

The platform has been developed as an Android and iOS app.

Lance Evans, associate IT director at Persimmon Homes, said: “Persimmon places great value on the welfare and wellbeing of its staff as well as the strength of our internal communications. This is a vital part of any business – especially one of our size and in the current climate.

“Our employee engagement panel was established to canvass opinion and feedback from employees across the regions and [it] identified the need to get the right information to everyone at the same time, especially as so many of our colleagues are working remotely.

“We commissioned Audacia to develop a piece of software that could help us communicate with our colleagues and the app has already seen great feedback from employees. The polling feature will allow us to gather rapid feedback for improvements within the business as well as in providing recommendations.

“The app, in a time of disparity with some of our colleagues working from home, will bring us together to communicate and share news in one place in an effective, easy-to-navigate platform.”

Philip White, MD at Audacia, added: “This project is a fantastic example of a large organisation with a distributed workforce, moving quickly to deploy technology to engage with their employees when they are at their most remote. We’re really pleased with the end result.”

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