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Stacy Burris

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5 Insights to Developing Better Work Habits

For decades we have been trying to find ways to improve our work performance. There are billions of self-help books and articles on the subject.  As our work continues to evolve,  we also need to examine new ways and methods that will result in better work habits. 

Recognizing this challenge, Microsoft introduced Microsoft Viva Insights.   One of the four components of the newly released employee experience software, Microsoft Viva.   Insights guide individuals with recommendations on how they can do their best work.

Let's dig into five ways you can utilize Viva Insights that will result in better work habits.

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Improve Employee Experiences by Surfacing Critical Information

The pandemic's impact on the future of work is elevating the importance of positive employee experiences.  Connected to improving these experiences is a strong internal communication that surfaces important information.   This is where technology platforms such as Microsoft Viva help materialize information that is needed at the right time.  Microsoft Viva Connections Desktop does this by keeping everyone connected and informed on a personalized level, right in the flow of work within Microsoft Teams, thus reducing the amount of time searching for or recreating information.   Let's take a closer look and see what foundations are needed in order to get started. 

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Real-World Applications at NACS 2021

This was an exciting morning for both PAIT Group and the North American Collaboration Summit.   Mark Rackley successfully delivered the opening Keynote to both an in-person and virtual audience.   Following a few housekeeping announcements, Mark invited Richard Calderon, Joy Apple, and Daryl Bowdoin to demo some applications that are built leveraging Microsoft 365 tools.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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