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Why Is Anyone Talking About Yammer When We Have (and Love!) Teams?

Microsoft acquired Yammer in 2012 and made it available for their Office 365 customers the following year. Early in 2016, Microsoft rolled out Yammer to their Office 365 commercial customers as “on” by default.  

At the time, I was an intranet manager at an association and decided to go along with Microsoft’s “on by default” rollout of Yammer. Why stop it? I started with a pilot for a few weeks to test it out, and then I opened things up to all staff. I got lots of folks interested in using it, but many wanted “private” groups for their teams to collaborate and communicate. They also heavily used the “private messaging” option in Yammer. They contributed to the public groups for sure, and enjoyed engaging across the org, but they really were craving some “private” options. 

Imagine the confusion, then, when this “Teams” thing was suddenly all the buzz coming from Microsoft just a year later. Group spaces for people to communicate and post files? Check! “Chat” that seemed a lot like “private messaging”? Check! Option to subscribe and get email notifications for missed activity? Check! Plus, the interface was just so appealing, the chat was a much better experience than the “private messaging” in Yammer, and there were so many additional features in Teams.

Why the heck would we still use Yammer now that we have this new shiny Teams toy? 

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Key Considerations of a Hybrid Work Model

Let's face it we really don't live in an all or nothing world (even though some of us would like to think we do).  So now that the world has experienced what it's like to work remotely, do we really think everyone wants to go back to the way thing were structured and solely work in an office environment.   Similarly continuing to work remotely most likely won't be the case. However, it does bring forth new possibilities for a hybrid workplace.  A workplace where some employees conduct their work 100% at a physical office, some work completely remotely, and others split their time between working from home and the physical office.

To discover what this may look like to your organization you will need to dig into the following:

  • How can an organization effectively work together in a hybrid workplace?
  • In what areas should there be an increased investment ?

Let's approach each of these questions individually.

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Overcoming the Challenges of Engaging Firstline & Desk-less Workers

When the people talk about firstline worker the first thought that comes to mind is frontline health professionals who are battling the COVID-19 pandemic. While these beautiful and amazing human beings are included in the definition of a firstline worker, the term is NOT used exclusively for them.

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