I could ramble off several mistakes people make when it comes to optimizing their productivity. I could also offer solutions to fix those mistakes. But in the end, I haven’t answered the most important question: how much time is it going to take to adopt the best solution?
In 2021, Forrester performed a TEI (Total Economic Impact™) study, and determined that the solutions built through Power Platform showed a 3% efficiency gain within a single organization and within the first year of adoption. Without a doubt I know this to be possible just by watching our trainers and operations team build out automation tools on the fly, but we also have the most knowledgeable training team out there. What if a non-technical person (like me) tried to build a solution through Power platform? Would the risk of wasting time learning how to build a Power Platform solution outweigh the reward?
Windows 11 is changing the way we work – for the better. Each version of Windows has enabled us to be more productive and efficient than the last, and Windows 11 doesn’t disappoint. And as with previous versions, we’ll continually see updates to the operating system that further enhance our Windows experience. But what do we have already? In this post, I’ll highlight three of my favorite changes that come with Windows 11.
I recently presented a webinar on utilizing the various Microsoft 365 task management apps. I did a deep dive into the Microsoft To Do app. It is the leading app to manage all your personal and small group tasks. To Do can help you create, manage, and prioritize personal tasks — but many don’t know about the lists and groups features within Microsoft To Do. These functions can help keep us organized and focused on specific projects with other team members.
We’ve been using Microsoft Teams internally at Centriq for quite a while, but the product continues to evolve each month. This is an exciting reality, but it can also make it difficult for users to stay on top of all Microsoft Teams has to offer. Because Microsoft Teams is our digital workplace at Centriq, where a majority of our communication and collaborative efforts take place, we wanted to do something to help our colleagues boost productivity, unlock new ways of working together online, and communicate more effectively using the latest features available.
To address this, our Microsoft 365 team recently sponsored two virtual, internal Microsoft Teams refresher lunch ‘n’ learn sessions which also served as an introduction to tips and best practices for our newer employees.
In the years leading up to COVID-19, Centriq Training stood apart from other training companies because we offered a true classroom experience, in-person, with a live instructor. Although we have offered the option for learners to attend most of our classes virtually since 2012, Centriq has generally encouraged in-person attendance for optimal learner experience. And the new M365 user courses we developed weren’t available virtually for public audiences. But in March 2020, the pandemic created an immediate need for every Centriq course to be offered virtually with optimal student experience.
Let’s reflect on how our daily work lives have changed over the past year or so. By now, many of you have likely set up a good home office space. Mine personally took over my kitchen table and I’m continuing to make improvements, including a new desk soon. While many of us were making the shift to working from home more, Microsoft Teams was also evolving to close the gap between working virtually and being at the office, giving you the most effective and efficient work environment. Teams is built on a foundation of collaborative tools and application integrations with sharing abilities and communication features throughout. But many underutilize all Teams has to offer when it comes to running effective meetings.
Have you ever needed other people to upload files directly to your OneDrive? Obviously, you could share an entire folder with them, but what if you didn’t want them to see the existing contents of the folder? For example, sometimes it isn’t always appropriate for everyone to view certain files (HR documents, certain forms/requests/paperwork, photo contest submissions, award nominations, etc.).
Just like in any leadership role, whether it’s for a sports team, corporate role, or mentorship, being a Microsoft Teams team owner comes with responsibilities and demands. Being a team owner can also be fulfilling as you see your co-workers achieve success by working more effectively using the Teams application. Let’s first define your role as a team owner.
If Microsoft Teams was deployed to users without any governance or policies configured, your users have likely already found the convenient “Join or create a team” link and are creating sometimes business-related and sometimes fun or social teams. In this post, we’re going to cover a number of important topics you should work through with your team:
• Finding inactive teams
• Deleting or archiving (soft-deleting) teams
• Renaming teams
Should we use Zoom or Microsoft Teams? This question comes up frequently these days as organizations work to evolve their digital workplace solutions and must decide between keeping their existing web calling platform (Zoom, WebEx, etc.) or making the switch to Microsoft Teams.