New Workplace profiles are the place to go to connect with colleagues and find out more about your team. Here's how our new updates will help people connect and get more work done.
Connecting people is a key part of any successful collaboration. So perhaps it's unsurprising that more than half of business decision makers say that they want to achieve greater connectivity in their organisations. 
Organisations want to connect people at work so they can achieve more together
When it comes to business leaders who rank connectivity as their main priority, 45% believe a company-wide people search and customisable user profiles are a 'must have' business tool. 
We heard the same feedback from our own customers. Organisations want to connect people at work so they can achieve more together. Now we've done something about it.
Your new company directory
Introducing Workplace profiles. Together, these connectivity tools combine to create a new kind of company directory.
45% of decision makers believe that a company-wide people search is a 'must-have' business tool
One that enables people and teams to connect and build meaningful professional relationships so they can be more productive.
People will now see personalised profiles for deeper connections between colleagues. They'll be able to celebrate their colleagues and teammates and shout out birthdays and work anniversaries.
And they'll have a powerful new directory search to find anyone in the organisation fast.
More personalised profiles
We want to make people profiles the place to go to learn more about a colleague. Not just their name and where they sit, but what they do at work – and what they like to do outside of work, too.
It's an easier way for people to visualise and interact with the entire organisation. It's also a one-click connection via Workplace Chat to anyone in the business.
So today, you'll see:
- Support for multiple phone numbers and extensions, so anyone is only a click and a call away
- Division and organisation fields on profiles, so your organisation can provide more details about roles, responsibilities and skills
- A biography section on your Workplace profile to share a little more about yourself with your colleagues
Celebrate your colleagues
By popular demand, people can now celebrate work anniversaries and birthdays on Workplace.
If your admins include 'start date' or birthday info on a users profile, Workplace will provide reminders to recognise your teammates' work anniversaries and birthdays.
Cue the celebratory GIFs and stickers!
Adding a birthday is completely optional for each user. And admins can disable these fields in the Edit profile template tab of your Admin Panel.
Find colleagues faster with people directory
The powerful new search functionality in people directory lets you search for people based on a combination of profile field filters. So you can find the next member of your superstar project team or find someone to swap your shift with.
Customise and manage profiles
Every organisation is unique. The structure, the people and the information your community cares about.
Workplace system admins have control over Workplace profiles and the information that's important to you
That's why we're now providing Workplace system admins control over Workplace people profiles – so you control the information that's important to you.
In the Admin Panel and using Edit profile template, admins can control which fields should be visible or hidden from Workplace and who can edit profile fields.
Only admins, users or an identity provider will be able to make those edits. Plus, admins can now edit a user profile directly from their profile page to make community management even easier.
I need help!
No problem. There are lots of resources for you in the Help Centre.
Head here for some tips on profiles, celebrations and people directory.
If you're an admin and you'd like help setting up these features in Workplace, just head here.
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 Ipsos MORI 'Global Business Decision Makers Survey' (commissioned by Workplace). Survey of 3,500 business decision makers in the UK, India, Indonesia, US, France, Mexico and Brazil. July 2018