Microsoft Viva and remote work – Redmond Channel Partner


In the “dynamic” job market, Microsoft Viva is a key tool

Microsoft is positioning its Viva brand as a useful platform to help organizations meet the challenges of today’s job market.

Specifically, Microsoft is using the context of remote work to tout its “employee experience platform” Viva. The company commissioned a study from The Josh Bersin Company, which suggested that the use of employee experience technology increased employee engagement and the ability to retain employees by “5.1 times.” .

Bersin also noted in a video that 4 million employees “voluntarily resigned” in April of this year, “and a third of them had no other job.”

The current job market, affected by the shift to telecommuting, is “very dynamic”, according to Bersin, “which means that if you don’t take good care of your employees, you could lose them, or it could be difficult to keep them. to attract.”

The Josh Bersin Company and Microsoft have created a tool organizations can use to assess their employee experience practices and their impact on bottom lines, which is available here.

Microsoft also regularly conducts its own research on remote work trends and released the results of its second “Work Trends Index Report” earlier this month. Microsoft’s own employees recently rated their perspective on feeling included in the company at 90%.

Microsoft’s human resources managers are using the data to cope with the shift to remote work. Some discussions to this effect can be found in this Microsoft ‘HR in the Cloud’ podcast.

Microsoft Viva is a relatively new software product from Microsoft designed to assess and support the employee experience. Viva debuted in February and currently consists of four apps integrated with the Microsoft Teams collaboration service. Viva Connections provides a news feed and allows content sharing. Viva Insights is for employee time management. Viva Learning allows employees to access learning libraries. Finally, Viva Topics is used to feed back information within organizations.

So far, only Viva Topics have been released. Earlier this month, Microsoft announced that a public preview of Viva Connections would arrive “in the coming weeks,” which will include an updated mobile app.

Microsoft described the September feature updates for Viva Insights earlier this month. Its time management feature measures Teams channels, as well as hours of focus and multitasking. Viva Insights also has a query designer.

Various Outlook services, such as the MyAnalytics activity summary and the Insights add-in, are branded as Viva. These changes were announced earlier this month.

Finally, Microsoft Viva received a high rating in a recent Forrester Research post on content platforms. The Forrester evaluation is described in this announcement from Microsoft.

Microsoft luminaries will likely talk more about Microsoft Viva at the 1.5-hour Microsoft US Hybrid Work Summit online event. This public event begins September 29, with registration here.

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