Stay connected to your team in a remote working world?

Microsoft has just unveiled Viva which is an ‘employee experience platform’. As you would expect it still encompasses Teams and Microsoft 365, which are a must-have for any remote working team as they facilitate collaboration – which inturn increases productivity. 

“Viva brings together everything an employee needs to be successful, from day one, in a single, integrated experience directly in Teams” – Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft. 

The world of work has changed exponentially in the last year and it would seem that Microsoft has got a good gauge on ‘the human condition’. The team here at Inturi have been remote working throughout the pandemic and I think without Teams, our team would have become fractured and demoralised.  

What will Viva bring to your team? 

Viva focuses on the daily needs of employees at work by integrating even more of a company’s employee experience tools – so employees can be empowered to be their best.  

Using Teams and Microsoft 365, Viva unifies across – Engagement, WellbeingLearning and Knowledge. 

Jared Spataro, corporate vice president, Microsoft 365 says, 

“As the world of work changes, the next horizon of innovation will come from a focus on creativity, engagement and wellbeing so organizations can build cultures of resilience and ingenuity.”  

The initial set of modules in Viva are: 

Viva Connections  

The Connections app for Teams will be available on desktop in public preview the first half of 2021 with a mobile app coming later this year.  

It’s a personalized gateway to your digital workplace accessing: Internal communications and company resources. 

Viva Insights  

The Viva Insights app in Teams and the new Glint and Viva Insights dashboard are now available in public preview.  

This gives individuals, managers and leaders personalised and actionable insights. that help everyone in an organization thrive.  

  • Personal experiences and insights, visible only to the employee, help individuals protect time for regular breaks, focused work and learning, as well as strengthen relationships with their colleagues.  
  • Managers and leaders can see trends at team and organization level, as well as recommendations to better balance productivity and wellbeing. The insights are aggregated and deidentified by default to maintain personal privacy. In addition, a new dashboard allows organizations to combine employee feedback from LinkedIn’s Glint with collaboration data from Viva Insights, enabling leaders to more accurately identify where teams may be struggling, proactively adjust work norms, and then quantify the impact of those changes over time.  
  • In addition to using data and signals from Microsoft apps, customers will also be able to incorporate data from third-party services like Zoom, Slack, Workday and SAP SuccessFactors.  

 

Viva Learning 

The Viva Learning app is now available in private preview, and starting later this year Viva Learning will offer integrations with leading learning management systems, including Cornerstone OnDemand, Saba and SAP SuccessFactors. 

Training and professional development opportunities more discoverable and accessible in the flow of work.  

 

Viva Topics 

Viva Topics is now generally available as an add-on to Microsoft 365 commercial plans. 

It delivers a knowledge discovery experience that helps people connect to information and experts across the company. Using AI to reason over a customer’s Microsoft 365 data, and with the ability to integrate knowledge from a variety of third-party services such as: 

  • ServiceNow 
  • Salesforce 

 

Viva Topics automatically surfaces topic cards within conversations and documents across Microsoft 365 and Teams. Clicking on a card opens a topic page with related documents, conversations, videos and people.  

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