Microsoft Viva is Microsoft’s employee experience platform which brings together learning and development, insights for employees and managers, connections and information to create a unified digital workplace, accessible through Microsoft Teams.
With most organisations continuing to work remotely, or adopting a hybrid work environment, the focus on employee engagement could not come at a better time. Businesses today need to be more flexible and agile than they have ever been, and the new ways of working demand sustainable, secure and successful technology. Viva is perfect for organisations that have found themselves seeking new ways of improving the employee experience and boosting wellbeing during this time, connecting disparate teams and providing content and information they need, as effortlessly and efficiently as possible.
Working remotely has also crystallised the importance of employee interaction and staff wellbeing, and how intrinsic this is to staff productivity, creativity and resilience. It has become clear that investing time and money into the employee experience is beneficial not only to individuals, but to businesses as a whole. But since working remotely, it seems more difficult than ever to build and maintain cohesive, dynamic teams and strong colleague relationships. Achieving this takes more than just willpower – it relies on having the right IT and digital solutions in place to make it possible, in a way that is effortless and organic, and without having to replace existing systems that can cause further disruption and upheaval.
Enter Microsoft’s digital employee experience platform, Viva.
Microsoft believes there are six key elements to a great employee experience: wellbeing, connection, focus, empowerment, growth and purpose. To make sure each of these needs are addressed and met, Viva is built around four (soon to be five) pillars that reflect and embody the best modern employee experience. These are: Connections, Learning, Insights and Topics.
Viva is available as part of Microsoft 365 and is the digital platform from Microsoft designed to enhance the employee experience. At every level, Viva plays a pivotal role in business and employee success:
- Staff can identify their needs in terms of productivity and wellbeing
- Managers can respond to employee needs and nurture and develop their teams; and
- Business leaders can achieve their outcomes using insights that help them identify the actions needed to realise them.
Kat Greenan, Microsoft MVP and Solutions Specialist at Core, explains why there has been such a buzz around the release of Viva: “Customers often wonder how they can get the best value from all the tools in M365, like Yammer, SharePoint and Teams. Viva Connections seamlessly brings all those tools together into a true Digital Workspace.”
Microsoft believes there are six key elements to a great employee experience: wellbeing, connection, focus, empowerment, growth and purpose. To make sure each of these needs are addressed and met, Viva is built around five pillars that reflect and embody the best modern employee experience. These are: Connections, Learning, Insights, Topics and recently added, Goals.
IT decision makers are often careful to bring in new technology until the feedback from other businesses can prove the move to be fruitful. But for those who see the potential of Viva and want to learn how the employee experience platform can benefit their business, Core’s MCAP workshops not only demonstrate the power of Viva, but help you with stakeholder buy in, and give you an understanding of effective deployment techniques.
If you would like to learn more about our MCAP workshops, click here. If your business is already a Microsoft 365 customer, you could even be eligible for Microsoft funding.