Founded in 1991, Australian Catholic University (ACU) is a national, non-profit university on a mission to transform communication in tertiary education.
Prior to Workplace, one of ACU’s biggest challenges was finding a way to bring together the 2,500 researchers, educators and support staff who work across the university’s eight campuses. The team was determined to break down siloes between faculty and professional staff, and to find a way to work together more freely and collaboratively.
Workplace has introduced a new kind of peer-to-peer dialogue and collaboration that has never existed at the university before. It has also allowed the internal communications team to invigorate their communications strategy, moving away from traditional email campaigns and newsletters towards posts in Workplace groups that achieve much higher levels of engagement.
One of their most inspiring uses of Workplace is as a platform to champion environmental sustainability. ACU’s National Sustainability Manager, Mark Doggett, used Workplace to rally university staff together and counteract the issue of landfill caused by disposable coffee cups.
Mark created the group ‘Sustainability @ ACU,’ which gained strong traction across internal departments. His regular posts in the group often used humour to encourage interaction in the form of likes, comments and suggestions, and gave a real sense of immediacy and urgency to the issue. Within two and a half months, Mark and his colleagues were able to convince all cafe operators on ACU campuses to offer people a discount on using reusable cups, instead of their environmentally harmful counterpart.
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