Microsoft Viva launches an employee experience platform

Neetika Rana
Categories: Technology
Tags: Microsoft Viva

Employee engagement – everyone wants it, fewer have achieved it, because it sounds time and investment-consuming. That was then. This is now. With Microsoft’s newly launched employee experience platform, Microsoft Viva, delivered through the Microsoft Teams collaboration platform, employee engagement, and leadership development is within easy reach of all.

Microsoft Viva unlocks the power of people. It brings together communications, knowledge, learning, resources, as well as insights and incorporates several third-party solutions designed to help businesses create a thriving culture with engaged employees and inspiring leaders. It supports four key employee engagement areas – connecting and collaborating with colleagues, supporting company culture, providing contextual learning, and promoting wellbeing and mental health.

“Workplace learning can now be engaging and seamlessly integrated into the places that people already spend time at work. Many employees report having limited time for upskilling, yet learning opportunities are linked to workplace happiness and wellbeing which have been identified by governments around the region as key success factors for Gulf economies,” said Altaf Alimohamed, CEO, Cobweb MENA.

Introducing Microsoft Viva

Microsoft Viva will be delivered as four inter-related solutions – Connections, Insights, Topics and Learning.

Microsoft Viva

Supporting future workforces:

The integrated platform recognises an organisation’s changing needs, in particular those resulting from shifts to remote working in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and with an eye to a future that will see the majority of businesses operating hybrid remote/office-based working models. And work-from-home/hybrid g trends are set to take greater hold in the Middle East according to a recent survey by recruitment firm Robert Walters which found that about 38% of professionals in the region now want to work from home permanently with a further 32% preferring a hybrid model.

Viva Solutions:

From a central hub, Microsoft Viva is delivered as four inter-related solutions – Connections, Insights, Topics, and Learning.

Viva Connections:

Microsoft Viva rebuilds connections between team members and business-wide many of which may have been lost, or lapsed, during pandemic shutdowns. Helping to replace the in-person forums that were impossible during lockdowns, Viva Connections makes it easy to find relevant colleagues and identify forums to join, within a business-fostered culture of inclusion.

Viva Insights:

In a Microsoft mental health study, 70% of interviewed employees reported higher stress levels, with 40% admitting to overall poorer mental health. Viva Insights supports mental health improvement, through creating better work habits, and delivering personalised insights and actionable recommendations. Emphasis is on helping employees to work smarter not harder, and to make the most of their time.

Viva Topics:

Microsoft Viva Topics helps people put knowledge to work, using Artificial intelligence to convert content into usable knowledge, by collating and organising an organisation’s collective knowledge into contextual topic pages which are easily accessible to relevant audiences. Viva Topics automatically organizes the content across apps and Teams with built-in security and compliance features.

Viva Learning

The Microsoft workplace survey unearthed some startling results. While many bemoaned the lack of essential skills preventing future growth, few would have anticipated that as many as 79% of global CEOs cited this as hampering their growth. Employee development, which as we all recognise is essential to business success, is far more elusive than we thought.

As Microsoft’s skills growth pillar, Viva Learning fosters a learning culture into an employee’s everyday life with learning sources ranging from colleagues to formal forums delivered by online course providers.

 

The Microsoft Viva Solution Ecosystem

Microsoft Viva incorporates the opportunity to benefit from the features of a number of third-party integrating services.

Microsoft Viva solutions

Glint, is a ‘people success platform’, providing insights into an organisation’s culture and workforce health to support effective business decisions and improve business results.

Coursera provides courses from 200+ different companies and universities, such as Imperial College London, to support the ongoing development of skills and expertise across the business.

ServiceNow delivers digital workflows to help connect employees and systems across the business.

“Every business is ultimately a people business and providing the best tools and support for all employees is critical in today’s fast paced digital world.

“If you would like to explore how Microsoft Viva can help your organisation, and promote collaboration, culture, learning and wellbeing across your business, contact the Cobweb team today. Call us on 04-27-2420 or email hello.mena@cobweb.com.”

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