Blog

SharePoint Best Practices, Migration, and Collaboration

PAIT Group’s newest MVP, Joy Apple, was recently a guest on the Cloud Conversations with Ru and Pete podcast.  In this episode, Joy shared SharePoint best practices and expert tips on migration and collaboration in Microsoft 365. The unique way Joy communicates the importance of these topics is on display.  I have summed up a few highlights from the episode, but I highly recommend pressing play below.

Read more

The Power of Praise: Recognizing Colleague Success

The definition of praise is to express warm approval or admiration.  The person on the receiving end of this kind act is often appreciative and happy.  For years Human Resource Professionals have been analyzing the impact praise has in the workplace.  For examples, check out the Training Journal's article on "The Power of Praise and Recognition" and Gallop's Workplace article, "In Praise of Praising Your Employees".  The conclusion seems to be unanimous. Employees who receive praise on an on-going basis have increased engagement and productivity.

To help get you started spreading this positive feeling around your workplace, PAIT Group's Modern Workplace Consultant, Kat Weixel has recorded an easy to follow tips & tricks video that demonstrates just how easy it is to communicate praise in Yammer and/or Microsoft Teams.  

For those of you who appreciate a written how-to that can be used to follow along with the video I have organized that below.  

As in Kat's video we will start with Yammer.

Read more

How to Share a Flow (Two Methods)

Ever wonder if fellow colleagues would benefit from automations (flows) that you have created?    Well here are two methods for sharing those flows:   For those visual learners check out this short How-to video.

Read more

Microsoft Stream’s Bonus Feature Makes Knowledge Sharing a Breeze!

Microsoft Stream is awesome. I have loved it ever since it launched in 2017. I could load company videos into a centralized “YouTube for the enterprise” portal, organize them using channels and groups, and I could add hashtags and chapter links so my end users could quickly get to the video content they were seeking. Do I want options to auto-generate captions of videos, trim videos, and replace videos while preserving the original link? Yes, please! Stream could do it all!

In May of 2020, however, Microsoft released a new feature in Stream that turned me into an all-out Stream evangelist! The option to “record screen” meant that anyone could create short videos and share them with the rest of their colleagues. I couldn’t stop telling people about it! And now I’m telling you, because sharing is caring. 😊

Read more

5 Fundamentals for Effective Communication

Lately I have been seeing an increase in what feels like anti-meeting content. While the point may be to highlight other methods of communication rather than scheduling a meeting, we shouldn't dismiss or put a negative connotation on meetings.  I feel we need a reminder of communication fundamentals.    A "check list" of sorts we can utilize to ensure we are delivering effective and clear messages.  In this process, we can choose the appropriate channel or medium to best communicate with our coworkers and, as a result, hopefully reduce the number of unnecessary meetings. 

Read more

Teams Governance: The Basics

Governance. We cringe when we hear that word, much less when we need to create a plan for it! Many of us are in the position of having rolled out Microsoft Teams quickly to meet the rapid movement to work from home in early 2020. It can feel overwhelming to try to wrap governance around a tool as popular as Teams in a way that won’t disrupt current work-streams.

Regardless of where you are in your journey with Microsoft Teams, its not too late to step through basic decisions that should be evaluated for Teams and create common sense governance for the organization.  

Read more