To create an engaged and productive workforce, communication is key. As a business you want your team to be able to work together easily and efficiently. This is where a well-designed intranet can help.

SharePoint is the go-to solution for Intranets across the world but how do you make sure you use it to best support your organisation? We understand that this can be complex, but the good news is you don’t have to start from scratch. Thanks to the ready-to-use and free SharePoint templates provided by Microsoft, building an effective SharePoint intranet has never been faster or simpler. You can now create beautiful, fast sites and pages that look great on any device. Keep reading to see our picks of the best SharePoint Intranet templates to help you get inspired.

SharePoint intranet templates – Human resources


First up we have the Human Resources template. This template acts as a hub for all HR tools where employees can raise HR requests, request time off, access information related to employee benefits, check career development opportunities, get HR documents and more.

You can also use the top sections of the site to add content about latest company news, changes to HR policies, updates, and upcoming holidays. By automating several of these tasks and providing a self-service option, this SharePoint intranet will make HR processes more efficient.

SharePoint intranet templates – Crisis communications


If the last few years have taught us anything it is that we can never predict what is round the corner. The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted that in the event of such a drastic change to work and lifestyle we need a plan in place. For this reason, we now have a crisis communications template that allows you to keep your people informed and up-to-date with the latest announcements.

The template comes with web parts commonly defined within a crisis communications plan such as news alters, targeted news, RSS news, people finders, social media feeds embedded yammer chats, FAQs, and company events.

Team communication


As we have mentioned earlier in this article, the key to an engaged and productive workforce is communication. With the team communication site, you can communicate with colleagues through document sharing, resources, conversations and news. 

A communication site is a great place to broadcast information to others. Share news, reports, status updates, and more in a visually appealing format. You can also use communication sites to engage and inform broad audiences.

  • Create portals, department, or project-specific sites
  • Share company news, announcements, and events
  • Engage dozens, or thousands, of viewers

Collaboration team site


This template is an example of enabling collaboration at a team level. Whether you want to catch up with the latest team news, use quick links or need rapid access to documents and activities the collaboration team site can help. A SharePoint team site connects you and your team to shared content and resources. Use team sites to store and collaborate on files or to create and manage lists of information as well as:  

  • Track and stay updated on project status 
  • Organise and co-author shared content 
  • Connect to a Microsoft 365 group to access team resources 

Employee onboarding


Planning, implementing and managing an onboarding experience for new employees is time consuming and challenging. For organisations, it’s difficult to efficiently onboard new employees into the complexity of an organisation’s structure, people, processes, and culture. To help improve new hire onboarding experiences, Microsoft have launched a set of SharePoint site templates on the SharePoint look book called the New Employee Onboarding (NEO) hub. The NEO hub helps organisations: 

  • Provide new employees resources, support, and general information 
  • Connect new employees to people, community, and culture
    Help stakeholders easily contribute to new employee onboarding 

These templates make it much easier to streamline your onboarding process.

How to get started with your SharePoint intranet 

These are just some of our top picks of SharePoint intranet templates. These templates are all free and can be further customised and defined based on your business requirements. 

If you’d like to know more about SharePoint or need help with creating your intranet, contact our team. You can also learn more by downloading or complete guide to SharePoint below. 


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