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Finally! Employees can be on Facebook all day and call it work

Finally! Employees can be on F...
Workplace is a paid ad-free service
Workplace is a paid ad-free service
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Workplace is a paid ad-free service
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Workplace is a paid ad-free service
The interface of Workplace is very similar to that of standard Facebook
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The interface of Workplace is very similar to that of standard Facebook
Many of the features of Workplace have been pulled over from standard Facebook, such as news feeds and groups
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Many of the features of Workplace have been pulled over from standard Facebook, such as news feeds and groups
The multi-company group functionality, meanwhile, will allow people from different organizations to work together on a shared project
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The multi-company group functionality, meanwhile, will allow people from different organizations to work together on a shared project
Workplace will feature an analytics dashboard
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Workplace will feature an analytics dashboard
There are Workplace apps for Android and iOS
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There are Workplace apps for Android and iOS
The Workplace app allows colleagues to stay in contact when they are away from the office
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The Workplace app allows colleagues to stay in contact when they are away from the office
The Workplace app is separate from the standard Facebook app
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The Workplace app is separate from the standard Facebook app
The Workplace app provides chat functionality
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The Workplace app provides chat functionality
Employees can use the Workplace app to stream company events via Facebook Live
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Employees can use the Workplace app to stream company events via Facebook Live
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From today, employees everywhere finally have a good reason to spend all day using Facebook. The social network has rolled out Workplace, a productivity platform for businesses aimed at helping employees to "connect, communicate and collaborate."

Workplace was originally created as a means for helping Facebook run itself. For the last year, though, it's been getting tested in other companies under the guise of Facebook at Work and it has now been made available for any organization to use as Workplace.

Many of the features of Workplace have been pulled over from standard Facebook, such as news feeds, groups, chat and event organizing. It's possible to make voice and video calls too and there's the added bonus that most employees will already be familiar with the interface, making it easier to introduce and train people to the system more easily than on other similar platforms, such as Slack.

There are also number of additional features that are due to roll out in the coming weeks. These include an analytics dashboard and a means of integrating the platform with an organization's other IT systems, such as G Suite, Okta, OneLogin, Ping, or Windows Azure AD.

The multi-company group functionality, meanwhile, will allow people from different organizations to work together on a shared project
The multi-company group functionality, meanwhile, will allow people from different organizations to work together on a shared project

The multi-company group function, meanwhile, will allow people from different organizations to work together on a shared project. The platform offers unlimited file, photo, and video storage, monitoring tools for IT teams and one-to-one support for administrators.

Crucially, Workplace accounts are completely separate from personal Facebook accounts, ensuring there's no blurring of the personal and professional spaces and no danger of any embarrassing weekend photos finding their way to colleagues via Workplace. Indeed, you don't even need a personal Facebook account to use Workplace. It's also completely ad free.

Workplace can be accessed online or via apps for Android and iOS. It is priced at US$3 per user for up to 1,000 monthly active users, $2 per user for 1,001 to 10,000 and $1 per user for 10,001 and above. Non-profits and educational institutions can get use it for free.

Website: Facebook Workplace

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