Working With Widgets: My Spaces
If you're interested in offering your members an experience that highlights areas of your digital workplace that are relevant to them while also keeping your navigation tidy and sensible, then you're interested in the My Spaces widget. Part of the often overlooked middle block of widgets, the My Spaces widget has little to no customization options. It does one thing, and one thing only: it displays a list of all of the Spaces the viewer is a member of.
The My Spaces widget is most commonly featured on home pages or dashboards, offering members easy access to the areas of your digital workplace where they do their work. Making it straightforward to navigate to team spaces and project rooms improves engagement, and saves time during the workday.
There's an obvious comparison of the My Spaces widget and the Spaces widget, but the My Spaces widget offers some distinct advantages. the Spaces widget shows members all of the Spaces they have access to. This may include Spaces required for everyone, such as HR or Governance Spaces, projects they might be able to look into, or a wealth of social groups they could join. The My Spaces widget streamlines this list, limiting it to only areas where they're a member, which are the areas most relevant to them. In short, while the Spaces widget is excellent for browsing, the My Spaces widget is optimal for work.
The My Spaces widget's independence from the site navigation represents a huge advantage, granting administrators the best of both worlds. The digital workplace can be organized, project Spaces nested under appropriate Pages in a nuanced structure, but members will still be able to easily locate the areas where they work. With the My Spaces widget, you might store corporate project spaces under a global review page, which in itself is part of some larger project overview structure, but to your members, the projects they're actively working on are always on the front page.
The My Spaces widget has a lot to offer your digital workplace in the form of everyday engagement. Having a view that customizes itself based on their membership and lower barriers to adoption by making people's lives easier, letting them reach the areas of your Igloo where they'll communicate, collaborate, and create content.
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