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Boost Your Microsoft Teams Experience with these Five Apps

Microsoft Teams combines access to the resources necessary to perform job functions along with the ability to collaborate with colleagues in a centralized manner,  making it the workplace communication hub.    Many believe this access is limited to tools inside the Microsoft 365 stack.  This is a limited view of Microsoft Teams' capabilities.   The communication platform supports 3rd party integrations that extend its impact on streamlining productivity and the overall employee experience.    

To demonstrate what is possible via 3rd party integrations, here are examples of five applications and what they can do in Microsoft Teams: 

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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 ongoing 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.

UPDATE:  Praise can also be shared from Microsoft Viva Insights.

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Reimagining The Employee Experience & Its Impact On Your Microsoft 365 Investment

If you’re sitting there wondering what the Microsoft Viva announcement means for your organization, you’re not alone.  We’ve received a number of questions about how Viva will impact your Microsoft Teams and SharePoint deployments. I wanted to address what I think this announcement means and how you should think about positioning it within your organization. 

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