Convo, a software maybe finest described as a real-time firm message board, picked up a brand new trick this week: automated acknowledgements.
It’s a fairly frequent factor within the company world: it’s worthwhile to ship one thing out to the entire staff at your organization, however you additionally have to know precisely who has seen it (and, in fact, who hasn’t.) Who really bought the memo? Are you able to say that everybody has seen some obligatory studying? Who nonetheless must see it?
You possibly can attempt to use electronic mail learn receipts, however these are hit-or-miss — notably as many electronic mail shoppers disable them by default these days. You can also make everybody signal a kind saying they’ve seen the doc in query, however that’s a ache within the butt. When all you want is an inventory that claims “Yep, these staff have all seen this blurb of textual content” so you may meet some new compliance requirement, it shouldn’t be difficult.
Convo’s new software makes it fairly simple: write your put up like some other, however verify the “Recipients should acknowledge to view” field earlier than sending it out.
When it pops up in your colleagues’ Convo timeline, it’ll be nearly solely blurred, save for a topic line and a immediate asking them to acknowledge the put up. As soon as they intentionally acknowledge it, the put up is de-blurred, the unique poster will get an alert letting them know somebody has learn it, and the reader’s identify strikes from the “Has not seen” to the “Has seen” checklist.
To be clear, this isn’t a safety characteristic; there are methods to get across the blurring with out formally acknowledging it. Hell, you may simply say ‘Hey Jim, did you already open that convo put up? Let me see it in your cellphone’. The purpose right here isn’t stopping anybody within the firm from seeing one thing, however in ensuring everybody has seen one thing, and having an mechanically generated checklist to meet any compliance necessities. If you happen to’re utilizing Convo’s group options accurately, it ought to solely present up for individuals you propose to see it within the first place.
The characteristic rolled out earlier this week. It’ll be obtainable for all Convo networks for the following month to take a look at, at which level they count on to restrict it to Enterprise-level clients.