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The Complete Guide To How Yammer Works In 2022

How Yammer Works Yammer is an enterprise social network that gives employees a unified, secure and private place to connect and collaborate across the business. It’s used for internal communication, problem solving, and more. Yammer allows you to create private

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How Do I Look After My Power Automate Flows?

With Power Automate making a huge difference in our working lives, many more people are creating them to help with personal productivity or streamlining processes across teams or whole organisations. With the increase in production of Power Automate flows, comes

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Introducing Microsoft Viva Pulse & Viva Amplify

Are you looking for ways to improve employee experience and engagement within your organisation? If so, you may be interested in Microsoft Viva Pulse and Viva Amplify. Viva Pulse is a new app from Microsoft that helps managers check in

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Why You Should be Using Microsoft Teams Online

If working through a pandemic taught us anything about how we used the tools and software at our disposal, it was that the benefits of online communication and collaboration were invaluable and transformative. This was because throughout that period, many

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What’s New In Microsoft Teams | October 2022

The Microsoft Teams October update is here, and we’re super thrilled to share Microsoft’s new integrations, awesome announcements and new features. We know you’re busy—so let’s get right to it!   Pop out shared content into a separate window This

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Introducing Citizen Developer University

Changing Social are pleased to launch their Citizen Developer University (CDU) programme, targeted at organisations who want to build a significant momentum internally for improving personal and business productivity with apps and automations. When we meet organisations who are interested

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How To Build An App For Free With Microsoft Power Apps

Power Apps is, fundamentally, a development platform for mobile and web apps. It allows “citizen developers” to reach capabilities that were once only reserved for high-end development tools. What’s more, Power Apps is generally quite easy to learn, it’s a

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How Does SharePoint Work? 5 Tips To Get You Started

SharePoint is the world’s most popular collaboration and document management system; SharePoint is used by over 190 million people across the globe. SharePoint provides a web-based space where users can upload a document to immediately be shared with other people

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What’s New in the Microsoft Teams July Update?

In July, Microsoft launched some incredible new updates and enhancements that can make your meetings more collaborative. Microsoft have announced new ways you can connect with anyone on your team and updates on Teams Rooms, LinkedIn Integration & Forms. Discover

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What is the Microsoft Power Platform?

Do you keep hearing about the Microsoft Power Platform, but don’t really know what it is? Here’s a high level overview from our Head of Power Platform, Aaron Gumbs, and why you should be interested.  The Microsoft Power Platform is

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What’s New in Microsoft Teams in June 2022

It’s that time again – Microsoft has announced its June updates, to continue building out the hybrid work world. The goal is to ensure Teams is more inclusive, accessible and connected.  This includes updates to meetings, chat and calling.  

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Microsoft Viva: the world’s best intranet?

Intranet systems have been used by organisations for years as a place to share information/news, collaborate with one another, host internal services and more. They serve as a focal point for internal communication, but what if they could be even

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What’s new in Microsoft Teams? – May 2022

Microsoft is constantly updating its software to ensure everyone gets the most out of their experience, making it easier to use, more engaging and at the top of the game.   Teams is no exception, and during May, Microsoft announced

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An Introduction To Microsoft Viva Insights

Over the past few years, the world has seen an increase in burnout as people feel more disconnected from colleagues as a result of hybrid working.   People who work at home may also struggle to disconnect from work, continuing

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Why Is Microsoft Viva Goals A Big Deal?

Over the past few years, we have seen our ways of working become more hybrid as a result of the pandemic. Organisations and employees have had to adapt to a brand-new world and at the forefront, there has been a

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Teams Vs Yammer: What To Use And When?

In our hybrid workplace, we have been utilising different ways of collaborating and communicating. Within many organisations, workers have been getting stuck into both Microsoft Teams and Yammer. Whilst there are similarities between the two, the tools have different strengths

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What’s New in Microsoft Teams in April 2022

One of the great things about Microsoft is its continual updating of its software to benefit users and improve the user experience. During April, Microsoft rolled out some exciting new features to enhance your Teams experience.   Read on to

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Top 7 NEW Innovative Yammer Features in 2022

Use of Yammer is on the up, with more and more organisations making the most of this enterprise social networking tool for their communications, internal socialising, events and more. As it continues to grow, Microsoft has released some updates to

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How to use SharePoint in 4 easy steps

Microsoft SharePoint is a cloud-based service that serves as an intranet and helps organisations share and manage content, knowledge and applications to empower teamwork, find information and collaborate seamlessly across the organisation. It’s a great location to store knowledge and

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What is digital transformation?

Everyone is talking about digital transformation these days, but what is it? Digital transformation is, simply, the adoption of digital technology in all areas of an organisation with the view of improving efficiency, value and innovation. Not only that, but

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10 reasons why you should be using SharePoint

We all want a better way to store important files, right? Having many different drives or locations can be confusing and clunky, but Microsoft SharePoint challenges that, becoming an easily accessible one-stop-shop for everything your organisation needs to collate.  

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6 New Microsoft Teams Features in 2021

We’ve had to quickly adapt to a new world and adopt new ways of working as hybrid working has become the norm. And, as usual, Microsoft has been working at breakneck speed to add even more new features and innovation

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6 Reasons Why Hybrid Working Just Works In 2022

Before the pandemic, the term ‘hybrid working’ was rarely used. Remote working maybe, flexible working, yes. However, 18-months into the Covid-19 pandemic, hybrid working has been hailed as the ‘new norm’ and will undoubtedly become the work environment of the

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How To Increase Engagement With Virtual Events

In the past year, we’ve changed almost every business practice we’ve been used to. So for communications professionals tasked with the job of planning large employee virtual events this year, we wanted to give you some support to make it

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7 Reasons Why You Should Automate Paper Processes

Automating paper-based processes and moving to a more digitally-focused business isn’t something from the future, it’s happening right now and is a trend that’s gaining momentum.     There was a time when the term “automation” conjured up images of manufacturing plants full of robots.

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Top Microsoft Teams Best Practices in 2022

Many of us are using Teams, but is your organisation using it to its fullest potential?   We’ve pulled together 10 Microsoft Teams best practices to help you run and manage a high-performing Teams environment…   1. The ultimate Teams

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A Week In The Life Of A Digital Champion

Becoming a Digital Champion is a rewarding experience. As well as helping colleagues who might struggle with change, you’re also learning new skills. However, not appreciating the time and commitment it takes to become a Digital Champion can be a

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How To Stop Champions’ Programme Fatigue

You may be familiar with terms like change fatigue or Zoom fatigue, but have you heard of champions’ fatigue? It’s one of the reasons why change programmes fail. In this blog we explain the phenomenon and offer tips and tricks

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What’s New With Teams Webinars in 2021

Teams steps up to provide interactive webinars We all know the power of a face-to-face event. The tangibility of key speakers imparting their wisdom. But with face-to-face events currently on hold, Teams has stepped up to provide interactive webinars that

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Why Digital Champion Programmes Fail?

Digital Champion Programmes are an essential tool in the overall change programme. They harness the drive and desire of people who want to help shape the future of their organisation and support their colleagues through the change.   A study

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What’s New For Teams Chat in 2021

We’ve quickly had to adapt to a new world and adopt new ways of working. And as always, Microsoft has been working at breakneck speed, introducing even more new features to the chat and Collaboration functionalities in Teams Chat, to

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4 Tips For Beating Burnout With Viva Insights

Employee burnout is a term you’ve probably heard a lot more in recent times. Stress and feeling overwhelmed can become part of professional life. When this relentless work pressure becomes debilitating, it’s known as burnout.   In this blog, we’ll

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3 Stress-busting Tips From O365

  April is Stress Awareness month and a great opportunity for us to look at how tech can help us manage wellbeing and stress from O365 in the workplace.   As companies start to lift their heads from the initial

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An Insight Into Microsoft Teams Apps: Part 2

So much of our work is relationship-based so how do we stay connected from a distance, and maintain relationships with our colleagues, managers and stakeholders? In part one we discussed people management and how Microsoft apps could help support you

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Our Microsoft Ignite Highlights 2021

Yet another rammed Microsoft Ignite show. There are so many innovations on the horizon concerning Microsoft 365 that will revolutionise how we interact in the workplace and the social space.   We have taken the time to look through everything Ignite

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New Features for Teams 2021

Along with the pandemic of 2020 came digital adoption like we’ve never seen. For so many people, working and learning moved from the office and into their home.     This flexible working has continued into 2021 and looks set to

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Microsoft Viva: Top 7 Features

Microsoft recently unveiled a brand-new platform designed for employee engagement, learning, wellbeing and knowledge discovery to help employee’s transform the way they work remotely. In this article I will outline my top 7 Microsoft Viva features and what to expect from them.   Viva Topics    Content and skills are arranged automatically

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Who Owns The Enterprise Social Network?

There’s no debating that over the past twelve months our employees would have been completely isolated and adrift if it wasn’t for the use of Enterprise Social Networks (ESNs).     The surge in remote working cultures has definitely been on the rise in

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Celebrating Success In a Remote World

Showing our appreciation and recognising people for their efforts is simple yet powerful. However, it is often underrated and underused. And in a remote world with a lack of face-to-face interaction, the need to celebrate success is even more crucial. 

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Microsoft Viva: Viva la (working) revolution!

Last week was a big week for Microsoft aficionados the world-over with the launch of Viva, including for us here at Changing Social. But this announcement felt different. Hear from Changing Social MD Steve Crompton  as he explains more about

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Microsoft Teams Apps: People Management 

Over the coming weeks, we’re going to be blogging about some of the apps available in Microsoft Teams to support you to manage your people, stay connected and maintain focus. In part one, we will be looking at apps to

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Sending Targeted Communications Just Got Easier

In recent months, the shift to remote and hybrid work has led organisations of all sizes, and across every industry, to rethink how their people and teams communicate and collaborate.    During the COVID crisis, many organisations transformed quickly and

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How to thrive as a virtual employee

This is the second part of our blog series on managing and working in virtual teams.   As lockdown comes to an end in the UK, the government advice remains that for those who can work remotely should. There is

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What does a Digital Leader look like?

Like it or loathe it, it looks like virtual working is here to stay.   In the UK we find ourselves in our second national lockdown with many people being asked to work from home again. As winter advances, it’s

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Office 365 Quick Wins

If you’re considering a move to Office 365, or you’ve already moved but have yet to adopt the full suite of services into your organisation, then read on.    When purchasing an Office 365 subscription, you get a whole bunch

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Our Golden Nuggets for Accessibility

We’re constantly learning about new ways to make our content more accessible and inclusive using Microsoft 365. And you can be sure when we find a new accessibility trick, we’ll share it with you through our social channels.   Here’s

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10 tips to stay productive in Teams

With remote working fast becoming the new normal, how do you ensure that you stay as productive on teams as you are in the office?   That’s where Microsoft Teams is a game-changer. It’s designed to keep colleagues productively connected

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Microsoft Ignite 2020: Updates You Should Know About

Gregg Bainbridge, our excellent Education & Accessibility Lead, has written up some of his thoughts on Microsoft’s Ignite 2020 sessions, that you should know about…   Microsoft Ignite 2020 sessions  It’s been another interesting set of Ignite sessions from Microsoft. Seeing how the different products

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Microsoft Teams: Managing Your Activity Feed

For me, nothing kills the post-holiday buzz more than an inbox full of emails. That sinking feeling I get when I open Outlook to 1000s of emails gets me every time. So how do you deal with inbox fatigue? This blog will tell you just

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Getting Started With Microsoft Teams Chat

As part of our Getting Started on Microsoft Teams blog series, this blog looks at the difference between a conversation and chat in Microsoft Teams, and when we should use them.    Communicating with colleagues is a huge part of working in Teams – in fact, it is what

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Microsoft Teams: A Complete Communications Hub

If you’ve been on maternity/paternity leave, on furlough or out of work for the past year, the chances are you’ve missed the Teams revolution in the workplace and how it’s become a complete communications hub!   This blog will help

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Microsoft Teams: Stop, collaborate and listen! 

As part of our Getting Started on Microsoft Teams blog series, this blog is all about teams collaborate and channels.    You’ll know by now that Teams is your communications hub. With features that allow you to voice and video call, private message and chat with your colleagues, it’s a

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7 tips for a better work day…Working from home

As a large percentage of the population are working from home and adapting their working lives around recent rulings to stop the spread of Covid-19 here are the Changing Social Team’s top tips on staying mentally and physically healthy during

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Microsoft 365: Furloughed but not forgotten

If the Oxford English dictionary wants some new entries for its 2020 edition, we’re sure Teams, #isolife and a certain virus that shall not be named, would make the grade. But while the term furlough is not new to the OED, its use and move

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What to look for in your Executive Sponsor

An Executive Sponsor should follow these 10 key activities to be effective during a change program The position of an Executive Sponsor continues to grow in importance, but the need to choose the right person to fulfil that role is

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How Siemens Gamesa is using Yammer

Leading the way in the renewable energy sector is Siemens Gamesa, a global giant in the manufacturing, installation and operation of wind turbines, both on and offshore. With a presence in more than 90 countries and over 20,000 employees, Siemens

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Insights from our Adoption Game workshop!

Wednesday April 17th 2019, we hosted our first event showcasing our Adoption Game! Our MD, Steve Crompton, dreamt up the idea of using a game to help others understand adoption and change management principles. It’s not easy to simply describe

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Blur your background in Teams

Today I had a call with a Customer Success Manager from Microsoft, and friend of mine, Chris Slemp. Chris usually has his video on and before my calls I usually spend a good 5 minutes thinking of some excuse as

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Working From Home With Accessible Documents

As more and more of us are working from home, the need for accessible documents is increasingly important. Whether you are sharing and co authoring documents with colleagues, writing reports or producing brochures and one pagers for sales purposes, your

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Why Yammer during Covid-19

For months, and possibly years, corporate communications professionals the world over have been trying to convince their leaders of the benefits of Yammer.   Claims of improved staff engagement and promises of real-time, two-way communication have always been offered and backed up by case studies

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Top 10 Tips To Amplify Employee Engagement

Employees who feel they work in meaningful jobs and are managed well not only feel happier but are more secure and drive productivity and innovation. This symbiotic relationship between business and worker lies within the heart of employee engagement. This

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