SWITZERLAND – The food and beverage giant, Nestle has launched the Workplace by Facebook platform that seeks to integrate and connect its global employee base through a common workplace network.

In addition to achieving the effective management of the human workforce, the company indicated that the platform will help better serve consumers.

Its development will see more Nestle employees join the platform which is already used by 210,000 of its employees worldwide since it was adopted nine months ago.

 “Nestlé is a people-first environment. We really rely on our talented teams to manage more than 2,000 Nestlé brands worldwide.

We help our employees develop and we give them the right tools, so Workplace is a perfect fit,” said Nestlé Executive Vice President Chris Johnson.

Workplace is easy to use, connects Nestle employees globally and features familiar Facebook features such as News Feed, Groups, Chat, events and live streams, as well as seamless mobile integration.

Managers can use Live video to connect directly with employees at different locations while sales teams can utilize the platform for daily check-ins and to share information and best practice.

Sharing of information and ideas into great products

According to Nestle, the employees are able to connect and collaborate on various issues including exchange of ideas geared towards developing great products to meet changing consumer tastes and preferences.

Workplace not only allows internal engagement and exchange of responses among the employees, but also gives room to experiment, collaborate and sharing of information and ideas.

“Today, using Workplace by Facebook we are able to give our employees across the globe a platform to build connections, enabling faster and more engaging sharing of information,” said Filippo Catalano, Chief Information Officer at Nestlé.

The move to Workplace is part of Nestlé’s commitment to empower people and sustain a high-performance culture.

The company is moving more and more to offer open office configurations and more flexible working environments.

Julien Codorniou, vice president of Workplace by Facebook said: “As the global work landscape continues to change and the demand for better collaboration, best-of-breed IT and mobile-first work increases, we are honored to partner with a company like Nestlé to help employees work together to allow for more innovation.”

The system is already adopted in Mexico, Brazil, the Middle East and South Africa, where its use has been spearheaded by the use of mobile devices.

The company said it will continue to roll out the program globally throughout 2019.