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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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