In our changing work environment our work spaces are moving into spare rooms and corners of our own homes. In our technology driven world the new norm is digital meetings and home offices. because there’s less face-to-face interaction in offices, it can be difficult to keep up with your team. Luckily, Microsoft offers a full suite of tools to help stay connected. We’ve laid out the following tips to help improve productivity and collaboration among your team using the Microsoft web-apps.
Utilizing Microsoft Team
The first tip, and arguably the most important, is to start using Microsoft Team to chat. The Microsoft Suite offers a instant messaging, video conference, and call in one easy to use app. Microsoft Team is a one stop shop for maintaining communication and collaboration among your team. We offer a full package of email services, the Microsoft web app suites, and unlimited online meetings and HD video to stay connected.
Virtual Watercooler With Microsoft Team
Meeting in an office space allows for workplace collaboration, banter, and socialization. The go-to image of office banter is a group of coworkers gathered around the watercooler. With everyone working from home, this image no longer represents our idea of coworker comradery. Holding regularly scheduled video conferences with Microsoft Team allows you to check in with your team and give important updates. This is also a great opportunity to share special projects, discuss accomplishments and reward team members. You want these meetings to be something to look forward to so you can ensure attendance and keep the watercooler as a positive experience.
Create a Shared Calendar
Creating a shared calendar with Outlook is very easy and a great way to keep your team connected and informed on everything that is happening. You can easily see when everyone is available, and schedule meetings to share with your entire team, or select individuals. Microsoft explains how to create a shared calendar and answers more questions you may have on their website.
Daily Positive Team Email
Sending a daily motivational or encouraging email to your team shows that you’re invested in more than just their numbers and stats. It shows that you care about your team and their well being. It can be a simple good morning email with an inspirational quote, a shout out for the team reaching a goal, or a reminder about something fun or exciting coming up.
In a digital world it can be hard to keep the team morale up, but these tips can help you. Microsoft offers all of the tools you need to accomplish these easy steps, you can purchase the complete bundle here.