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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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