Language Selection

English French German Italian Portuguese Spanish

Screensavers get the message across

Filed under

Screensavers can offer a more effective way of delivering communications and messages within companies than traditional systems based on email or corporate intranets, researchers claimed today.

A study undertaken by the Dutch University of Twente into the effectiveness of technology as an internal communications medium has shown that screensavers offer employees direct, succinct access to corporate information.

According to the study of 695 employees at Eastman Chemicals, Fortis Bank and the city of Breda, 80 per cent said that screensavers made it easier for them to receive and absorb corporate information, significantly improving their organisation's internal communications.

Corinne van Iersel, communications and public affairs manager, EMEA, at Eastman Chemicals, said: "Everyone is flooded with information and messages. They are so overwhelmed that they simply stop reading.

"One can send an email to employees but it is questionable if it is being read at all, or read on time. I believe the broken record technique of repeating information is the best method for effective internal communications.

"The nice thing about screensavers is that, for the first time, it enables me to use that technique effectively."

Steve Osborn, managing director of corporate communications firm Netpresenter UK, added that the most important aspect of any internal communications programme is ensuring that employees see, read and absorb the information.

"This study shows that short, succinct messages delivered by screensavers, supported by additional content available through email and corporate intranets, is one of the most effective ways to achieve this," he said.


More in Tux Machines

Software: Corebird, RawTherapee, LVFS and More

Red Hat and Fedora: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 Alpha, Results Imminent, Fedora Atomic Workstation and More

Ubuntu and Mint Leftovers

  • Ubuntu 18.04's Automatic Suspend Shows Linux Suspend Can Still Be An Issue In 2018
    One of the subtle changes that seemed to have been made during the Ubuntu 18.04 development cycle is automatic suspend now being enabled by default on desktop systems. Automatic suspend is flipped on with Ubuntu 18.04 desktop after a twenty minute delay of being idle, at least on several systems I've been running the daily Bionic Beaver with this month.
  • Bid “bonjour” to our Bionic Beaver!
    Along with a sneak preview of our official Bionic mascot, it’s a short update this week as we’re all heads-down in bug fixing mode. There are a couple of links to check out if you’re interested in what sort of data we want to collect about hardware and setup, with links to the source.
  • MintBox Mini 2
    Based on the Compulab Fitlet2, the new Mini is just as small as the original MintBox Mini and the MintBox Mini Pro but with much better specifications, better performance and a few more features.

Android Leftovers

  • Android tips and tricks: 10 great ways to boost your phone experience
  • About the privacy of the unlocking procedure for Xiaomi’s Mi 5s plus
    First, you got to register on Xiaomi’s website, and request for the permission to unlock the device. That’s already bad enough: why should I ask for the permission to use the device I own as I am pleased to? Anyway, I did that. The procedure includes receiving an SMS. Again, more bad: why should I give-up such a privacy thing as my phone number? Anyway, I did it, and received the code to activate my website account. Then I started the unlock program in a virtualbox Windows XP VM (yeah right… I wasn’t expecting something better anyway…), and then, the program tells me that I need to add my Xiaomi’s account in the phone. Of course, it then sends a web request to Xiaomi’s server. I’m already not happy with all of this, but that’s not it. After all of these privacy breaches, the unlock APP tells me that I need to wait 72 hours to get my phone to account association to be activated. Since I wont be available in the middle of the week, for me, that means waiting until next week-end to do that. Silly…
  • You Can Now Try Android Games Without Downloading Them
    Tired of downloading games only to realize they suck? Google Play Instant might mean never doing that again.
  • Plex for Android Will Soon Let You Cast Your Own Videos to Chromecast