Workplace alternative:
Comparing Workplace from Facebook with Happeo 

★★★★☆   vs. ★★★★☆

Workplace is rated 4 out of 5 stars on G2, while Happeo scores 4.5.

Facebook Workplace is a platform for internal collaboration and communication in companies, that was launched by Facebook Inc. in 2016. With an interface similar to regular Facebook, Workplace is the business-oriented version of the social network. Employees can share work-related publications on its newsfeed, make use of automatic translation when needed, discuss projects, share documents in groups, and chat with their colleagues.

Workplace is a powerful tool for employee engagement, however, it won’t take care of your social intranet and productivity needs since it doesn’t integrate with Google Workspace. It doesn’t have a page builder either, so it lacks static information. Those are just part of the components Workspace lacks compared to our alternative – Happeo. Continue reading to find out more.

 

Comparison overview:
Happeo vs. Workplace

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Digital Workplace

Happeo

  • Search
  • Third-party launcher
  • Integrated Drive Editing
  • Integrated Docs Editing
  • Integrated Slides Editing
  • Integrated Sheets Editing

Workplace

  • Integrated Drive editing
  • Search
  • Third-party launcher

Social Intranet

Happeo

  • Page builder
  • Social channels
  • Branded file templates
  • Analytics
  • Influencer analysis
  • Personalized news feed
  • Announcements
  • Widgets

workplace

  • Social channels
  • Analytics
  • Influencer analysis
  • Personalized news feed

Collaboration platform

Happeo

  • Integrated Hangouts conferencing
  • Integrated Calendar editing
  • People directory
  • Slack integration
  • Jabber, Webex integration
  • User-creatable channels

Workplace

  • Proprietary Chat
  • Integrated Calendar editing
  • People directory

Overall features

Happeo

  • User-first design
  • Mobile app
  • Push notifications
  • Single Sign On
  • ISO compliant security
  • GDPR compliant
  • Fast time to deploy
  • Top-down communications
  • Bottom-up communications
  • No training required
  • Custom branding
  • Multilingual
  • Google Workspace integration

Workplace

  • Mobile app
  • Push notifications
  • Single Sign On
  • ISO compliant              security
  • GDPR compliant
  • Fast time to deploy
  • Bottom-up communications
  • No training required
  • Limited custom branding
  • Multilingual
  • Limited Google Workspace integration
  • Sharepoint integration

User Ratings:
Happeo vs. Workplace

Data powered by G2

Happeo

9.2
 
 

Ease of use
Employee Intranet Average: 8.5

9.4
 
 

Quality of Support
Employee Intranet Average: 8.5

8.5
 
 

Ease of Setup
Employee Intranet Average: 8.7

Workplace

8.8
 
 

Ease of use
Business Instant Messaging Average: 9.0

8.2
 
 

Quality of Support
Business Instant Messaging Average: 8.8

 

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Workplace by Facebook is not an intranet

With limited Google Workspace integration,branding capabilities and no page builder, Workplace by Facebook is a strong Enterprise Social Network (ESN) but needs intranet software to compliment your static communication needs. To support higher-level Internal Communications activity and workplace productivity, Happeo combines a social intranet, ESN, and collaboration software – everything you need in one place. 

Conversation can't turn into collaboration

Strong dynamic and rapid communication features with social information are great for conversation and collaboration – which isn’t productive if it’s not based around work-content. Although Workplace integrates with Drive, the lack of deep integration (Docs, Sheets, Slides, etc.) means it doesn’t work as a collaboration platform. It is a good ESN but unlike Happeo, it doesn’t fully integrate with Google Workspace’s productivity tools to make collaboration efficient.  

Workplace by Facebook can be a distraction

Workplace is still Facebook, so employees treat it like Facebook. With features and a user interface similar to the regular Facebook, Workplace looks like a place meant for social interaction – not one to cover your business needs. Happeo keeps the focus on your work-related tasks, though you can always create channels to post entertaining content. Up to you!

Workplace's collaboration features can be improved

According to reviews, users would like to see improvements in the speed of text messages, comments, and notifications. They have also experienced issues with the functionality of the screen-sharing and video conferencing. Happeo’s integration with Google Meet lets you host meetings with high-quality audio and video, and the option to record the meeting for those who missed it. Make your background blurry or give it a fun wallpaper – whatever you feel like, go for it.

 

Workplace should have the end-user in mind

Facebook’s design is great for social media, but it can be inconvenient when trying to get the job done. Users wish for a structure that highlights the important information while allowing them to keep track of every update – something that Workplace lacks compared to Happeo. Our Channels feature lets employees share content, interact, and engage. The best part is you can choose to follow the channels that are relevant to you. 

 

Users prefer Slack instead of Workplace's Chat for rapid communication

User reviews report Workplace’s Chat feature could use an improvement, and at the same time those that have experienced working with the ESN share that they prefer using Slack for Internal Communications. It’s a great tool for real-time communication, however, it is not designed for static communication or collaboration. Luckily, there’s a balanced alternative: Happeo’s deep integration with Slack. A chatbot will notify you every time there’s an update in Channels that you’ve joined, while our Direct-Message (DM) integration will allow you to DM your colleagues from their Happeo profiles. 

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