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How To Boost Employee Engagement In 2022

How To Boost Employee Engagement with Microsoft Viva Join us for this Free Webinar on Wednesday, 31st August at 18:00pm BST Employees demand more flexible remote work options and significant in-person collaboration options in today’s market. Rethinking everything is necessary to

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Employee Experience with Microsoft Viva

Enhance the employee experience with Microsoft Viva In today’s world, employees want more flexible remote work options, and meaningful in-person collaboration. Empowering people to thrive in a more flexible work world requires rethinking everything—from how you empower managers, to how you create culture, to how

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Enhance The Employee Experience with Microsoft Viva Insights

The Microsoft Viva insights Workshop Overview Discover Microsoft Viva Insights that help individuals, managers, and leaders gain personalised insights and actionable recommendations that help everyone in the organisation thrive. Get Started Microsoft Viva Insights Workshop This workshop provides and indepth exploration of

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Employee Experience with the Microsoft Viva Workshop

The Microsoft Viva Workshop Overview In today’s world, employees want more flexible remote work options, and meaningful in-person collaboration. Empowering people to thrive in a more flexible work world requires rethinking everything—from how you empower managers, to how you create culture, to how you reimagine the

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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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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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How Microsoft have Ushered in the Chat GPT Era

In 2019, Microsoft announced a partnership with OpenAI, an artificial intelligence research organisation co-founded by Elon Musk and several other prominent figures in the tech industry. As part of the partnership, Microsoft invested $1 billion into OpenAI to support their

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Digital Champions – GCCH

Digital Champions. Empowering your people to continuously educate your organisation. Book demo Learn more Encourage your people to thrive securely Our Digital Champions Program is built on Microsoft’s highly secure GCC High tenancy, specifically designed to meet the stringent requirements

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What’s New in Microsoft 365 in January 2023

This month, Microsoft have launched a host of updates focused on helping businesses adapt to flexible working, reduce unnecessary cost and make the most of the tools you already have. Let’s take a look at the enhancements within Microsoft Viva

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What is the Citizen Developer University?

The Power Platform is a low-code platform that allows non-technical professionals to create custom business solutions, automations, and integrations. These non-technical professionals are known as Power Platform Citizen Developers. In this article, we will explore what a Power Platform Citizen

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How To Build Your Citizen Developer Community

How To Build Your Citizen Developer Community Join us for this Free Webinar on Thursday, 23rd February at 3pm Are you looking for a way to empower your team and drive digital transformation within your organisation? Look no further than

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Microsoft Teams Vs WebEx

Microsoft Teams Vs WebEx   These days we’re no longer confined to office walls; we’re not bound by the average 9-5. Over the last few years, we’ve had to drastically change our working methods. Remote and hybrid working has become

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What Can SharePoint Do For Your Business?

What can SharePoint do?   Think of SharePoint as a hub: a fully customizable, secure and highly scalable platform that focuses on document management and collaboration.  Commonly used as an intranet or document repository, SharePoint integrates with multiple Microsoft 365

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How To Create Successful Governance In 2023

Successful Governance starts with understanding key business goals, vision and how your employees are able to work to support these goals.  It creates the building blocks we need so employees can make the most out of the systems they use

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The Complete Guide To How Yammer Works In 2023

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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Microsoft 365 Digital Workforce Workshop

Microsoft 365 Digital Workforce Workshop As our workforce evolves, so should the technology we use to work together. The Microsoft 365 Digital Workforce Workshop provides an overview into how employees are communicating, collaborating and being productive. This two-day engagement to

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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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6 More Microsoft Teams Apps You Need

We all know the importance of using Microsoft Teams to communicate and collaborate with our teams, but did you know there are some great apps that can help your team do their jobs better? In this article, I’m going to

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Changing Social’s Sustainability Pledge

Our Commitment Here at Changing Social, we are committed to being a sustainable business, in line with the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Business Development. It offers 17 sustainable business development goals that provide a “shared blueprint for peace

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Communicate With Audiences Via The Web

Focus on content delivery 01 Microsoft’s proven framework already looks after the integration between your business data and the web. Power Pages helps us focus on the way that content is delivered rather than complex integration projects to reduce risk

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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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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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An introduction to Microsoft Viva

Microsoft has launched its new platform, Viva, an innovative new software that makes connecting to one another easier, especially as hybrid working is here to stay.   It has been developed in response to increased feelings of isolation as a result

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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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Microsoft Viva Insights

What is 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. Microsoft Viva Insights has been developed specifically to help you

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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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Global Navigation Feature in Viva Connections

Help drive employee engagement by enabling employees to easily discover the most relevant communications, communities, and tools: • Target the right news to the right employees at the right time, right where they work. • Provide employees with a dashboard of their critical apps

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An overview of Viva Connections

Microsoft Viva Connections can help you spin up powerful employee experiences in one place with existing apps and infrastructures, taking minimal time and effort. It delivers a seamless experience for your organisation by creating a secure, rich and personalised employee

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Microsoft Viva Learning

Introducing Viva Learning Microsoft Viva Learning removes the traditional obstacles found in an organisation by making learning a natural part of the day. This serves to help build a better and more engaged culture within an organisation. Get Started What

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Knowledge Management with Microsoft Viva Topics

Knowledge Management with Viva Topics Viva Topics helps to address a key business issue in many companies — providing the information to users when they need it. Viva Topics uses AI to automatically search for and identify topics in your

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Microsoft Viva Connections

Introducing Viva Connections Viva Connections is a new intranet software built on M365 in Teams – offering a personalised view of news, conversations and communities through apps employees already use. The platform intends to boost happiness, feelings of belonging and

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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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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 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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Unlock the Power of Hybrid Meetings

The Hybrid Meetings Workshop Overview The Hybrid Meetings Workshop is a modular engagement to help define your business priorities and scenarios that drive hybrid work. This workshop engagement is designed to showcase hybrid meetings through ‘art of the possible’ immersive

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Get Microsoft Funding For Your Business

What are the Microsoft funded workshops?? Microsoft funded workshops otherwise known as the Microsoft Commerce Incentive offers a collection of existing workshops to help you further transform how your organisation works using Microsoft Teams and the rest of the M365 suite. We can apply for these on your

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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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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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Office 365 Productivity in Healthcare

Office 365 in Healthcare Healthcare is a complex, multi-disciplinary sector requiring a large number of people, skills and expertise to come together to support patients with care when they need it most. Having secure, trusted systems that allows clinicians, administrators

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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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Digital Champions Demo

An Overview of Digital Champions. Join us for this Free Demo on 29th June 2021, 13:00 CST Our Digital Champions as a service Programme is based on years of experience in building sustainable and engaging communities of engaged employees from

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Clifton Coffee: The Impact of Microsoft Teams

Clifton Coffee Roasters is at the forefront of the United Kingdom’s booming coffee industry. It provides high-quality coffee, machinery, service, and training to coffee shops and has recently undergone a digitization to help it compete successfully with larger companies. The

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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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FAQ Plus App

FAQ Plus is a Teams app, similar to Company Communicator, intended as a friendly question and answer bot that answers commonly asked questions…

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British Business Bank.

The British Business Bank is the government-owned business development bank set up to support smaller businesses. With security being at the heart of everything the Bank does, they were keen to learn more about the security capabilities of Office 365;

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When COVID-19 struck and the government imposed UK lockdown began in March 2020, England Netball, like many organisations, started to plan for remote working for its 140-strong workforce. As the chief national governing body for the sport, they provide support

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Changing Social | Microsoft 365 Experts

Welcome to Changing Social. Adopt Microsoft Office 365 Within Days Not Months. We are a people first digital consultancy focusing exclusively on helping your organisation get the most out of Microsoft 365. Learn More MICROSOFT EXPERTISE AND INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE Grow

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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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Digital Champions Webinar.

How to build a successful network of Digital Champions! Join us for this Free Webinar on Thursday, 25th November 18:00 PM GMT Duration: 1 hour Why Digital Champions for your business? Not using O365 to it’s full potential will result

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Transformative technology for the retail sector.

Free up precious business time 01 Automating repetitive processes, freeing up colleagues’ time to spend more time helping your customers. Whether its your staff onboarding process, weekly stock take or invoicing, Office 365 can help give you time back. Boost

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Office 365 solutions for Financial Services.

Improve employee engagement 01 Use the Office 365 suite to communicate more effectively with employees, provide platforms for them to be heard and create mechanisms for them to provide regular feedback. Give the power to your frontline teams 02 Enable

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Accessibility & Digital Inclusion

Vision & hearing 01 Support your people with vision and hearing impairments to work successfully remotely or in the workplace with an abundance of Office 365 tools and assistive technologies. Neurodiversity & learning 02 One in seven of us are

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Office 365 As Your Communications Platform

Communications, all in one. Communication is key – whether you are drafting up an email, giving a presentation, training staff or simply having a conversation. And being able to communicate effectively about company changes, like a Microsoft 365 (M365) transition,

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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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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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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 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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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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Digital Champions – Build A Community of Learning

Digital Champions. Empowering your people to continuously educate your organisation. Book demo Learn more Grow and Innovate with Microsoft 365 Our Digital Champions programme is delivered purely online through Microsoft Teams, giving your people access to the most up-to-date Microsoft

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