Microsoft Announces Viva, a Platform to Enhance Remote Work

As we all continue to be concerned with working from home, Microsoft has announced another platform to improve the remote work experience. Building on the success of Teams and the rest of the Microsoft 365 suite, Microsoft is now introducing Microsoft Viva, an employee experience platform specifically designed to work in this digital and online age.

Microsoft Viva seeks to resolve many issues related to employee engagement. This includes important activities in an employee’s life such as training, wellbeing, and onboarding.

There are many tools out there that can already help with these things, but Microsoft has found that the tools in the marketplace are fragmented and can disrupt workflow. Companies are also spending $ 300 billion on it, and many are re-evaluating their approaches.

Viva is part of a new category they call Employee Experience Platforms (EXP). And it has four key modules that bring communication, knowledge, learning and resources together. All of this is experienced by Microsoft Teams and the rest of Microsoft 365.

Microsoft states that Viva will initially be delivered with the modules Viva Connections, Viva Insights, Viva Learning and Viva Topics.

Viva Connections is based on Microsoft SharePoint and offers you an entry point for employee engagement and internal communication – for town halls, company news, benefits or guidelines. It can even be integrated into Yammer and adapted as an app in Microsoft Teams.

Viva Insights is a tool that can be accessed through teams for individuals, managers or company leaders. Tools such as virtual commuting and the integration in Headspace are designed to help you make the most of your time and reduce lost work time.

For managers, Viva Insights offers data-driven, privacy-protected insights and recommendations to nurture a healthy and successful team. And shed light on the organization’s work patterns and trends for business leaders. It will incorporate and pull in data from third party services like Zoom, Workday and SAP SuccessFactors.

Microsoft believes that Viva Learning “can make learning a natural part of every employee’s daily work and culture”. Employees can discover and share training courses, and AI can recommend the right content at the right time and summarize content from LinkedIn learning. It’s in a private preview.

Finally there are Viva Topics. Microsoft regards Viva Topics as “Wikipedia with AI superpowers for your company”. The service is intended for situations where you come across unfamiliar topics or acronyms while working.

Viva Topics can help you by using AI to organize company-wide content and expertise into different categories. Topic cards appear when users are working in apps like Office, SharePoint, and Teams. When employees click a card, they see a topic page with documents, videos, and related people.

Microsoft works with its global partners to integrate the systems and tools a company has already installed into Viva – such as Salesforce, BA Insight, Raytion and ClearPeople. Service partners like Accenture, PWC, and EY also offer advisory and advisory services to help customers optimize their existing investments in the employee experience by bringing them together with Microsoft Viva.

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