Hello, Workplace by Facebook
The workplace is much more decentralized today than it was in decades past, making collaboration software an essential part of accomplishing goals. There are plenty of collaboration options available, but all come with a catch: They don’t look like any platform you use in your personal life. Facebook realized that, which is why it launched Workplace by Facebook, a business-focused version of Facebook that creates a collaborative space with a look, feel, and function similar to the consumer version of Facebook that already exists.
Benefits of Workplace by Facebook
- Accounts are separate, so users of one don’t need to worry about personal/business lives bleeding into each other. Imagine a version of Facebook where small communities are siloed from each other—that’s the basic gist of Workplace by Facebook. Profiles, newsfeeds, groups, and other features of consumer-facing Facebook are there, but they’re all restricted to people who share your business’s email domain name.
- Registering for a Workplace account is completely separate from your existing Facebook profile and is done using your work email address. Once you register, Workplace will tell you if there are other users from your domain on the site and pair you up with them once you verify your email address.
- There isn’t any overlap between personal and Workspace accounts, so there’s no need to worry about crossover or bosses getting access to embarrassing college photos.
- Facebook has also baked Facebook Live into Workplace, making broadcasting to employees and team members super quick.
- Workplace by Facebook also offers collaboration in a variety of synchronous and asynchronous ways using a platform familiar to nearly 2 billion people.
- Workplace by Facebook has a simple pricing structure:
- $3/N1,080 a month per user for companies with less than 1000 employees
- $2/N720 a month per user for organizations up to 10,000 people
- $1/N360 a month per user for over 10,000 employees
- Free for non-profit organizations and educational institutions. This makes the cost of entry relatively low for businesses who want to get started with Workplace.
- Workplace’s Work Chat has mobile apps for iOS and Android, which allow for communication between users on a familiar platform (Facebook counterpart Messenger currently boasts 900 million monthly active users).
- Analytics and Integrations: a dashboard with analytics, integration, single sign-on, and identity providers that companies use to integrate Workplace with their existing IT systems.
- Multi-Company Groups: shared spaces in which employees from different organizations can work together and collaborate.
Registering for Workplace by Facebook
To join Workplace, you must submit an application to workplace.fb.com on the behalf of your company. Once your application has been approved, you will receive an email from Workplace inviting you to join. Note that you may receive a response from Workplace as late as three months.
If you want to start a Workplace account for your company, follow the steps below.
Step 1: Click “Get Started”
From the email invite Marketplace sent you, click “Get Started.”
Step 2: Click “Get Started” again
Click “Get Started.”
Step 3: Fill in form and click “Preview Profile”
Fill in the form with your information and click “Preview Profile” to see what your profile looks like.
Step 4: Access free trial
To access the free trial, click “Get Started.”
Step 5: Create password and click “Invite Coworkers”
Create your password then click “Invite Coworkers” to invite your employees to sign up. Employees won’t have to purchase the free trial.
Step 6: Invite co-workers
Enter the full names and email addresses of the employees you want to invite. Then click “Send Invites.”
Step 7: You’re done!
Congrats! You’re now a member of Workplace, and the employees you invited will become members of Workplace as soon as they sign up. Your email invites will be sent to the email addresses you provided, and your employees will go through a similar sign up process outlined in “How to Join Workplace as an Employee.”