Networking into the future
For Marcos Quiroga Fernández, space and time are relative. Not because the Corporate Communications Manager for METRO GROUP possesses superpowers, but because, thanks to UNITED, he is perfectly networked in the company – across hierarchies, national borders and time zones. With the launch of its internal social network in April 2015, METRO GROUP has created a new basis for promoting exchange among its employees and making targeted use of digital networking opportunities.
“UNITED adds to our digital offer and provides us with a new way to demonstrate that we embrace openness and transparency. Our way to move this company forward.”
“UNITED is a platform through which colleagues worldwide can make contact with one another, share knowledge, exchange ideas and collaborate on tasks and projects – quickly and directly,” explains project lead Fernández. “For example, the network offers virtual workspaces, a wall for posting one’s own contributions and a comprehensive search function for locating people and topics.” Fernández emphasises that the technology is “state of the art” and every bit as agile as its users. It is designed for ongoing development as the network grows in response to demand.
The employees of METRO AG, all METRO Cash & Carry countries and numerous service companies can already access UNITED. In the future, the entire group of companies is to be networked on the platform. Marcos Fernández knows that this will take time: “Beyond carefully defining the legal framework, this is about supporting and accompanying METRO’s far-reaching change process. Moving from e-mails and the static intranet to a dynamic social network is a big step, but one that I’m firmly convinced is worth taking. UNITED is not just the best example of how we’re opening up – it’s also our means of having new things happen in our company.”