Microsoft Teams Tips: 3 Ways to Improve Remote Work

Post Date: 05/27/2020
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With WFH becoming the new normal, organizations must be able to readily adapt to their organization’s needs and improve remote work. This can range from the technological adoption of business applications like Microsoft Teams to ensuring that a workflow and cadence is established to enable remote workers.

AvePoint’s Dux Raymond Sy recently spoke with Microsoft’s Aya Tange and METC’s Jeff Godderz on how organizations can leverage Microsoft Teams to make an immediate impact in their WFH environments. Read on for some highlights!

Establish “How We Work” Guidance

When it comes to establishing new work structure guidance, having an open and transparent discussion with teammates on what you’re juggling, whether it be professionally or personally, is important. The lack of person-to-person interaction means that it’s vital to make sure team members are aware of any schedule changes that occur. Setting status messages is a simple and effective way to let people know when you’re away and busy with a critical item:

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It’s also important to establish effective communication and meeting practices to ensure everyone stays up to date on needs and tasks. Unsure when to use email vs. Teams for internal communication? It all depends on your intended audience.

For example, we recently had a company-wide survey come out that was sent via email since it was addressable to everyone in the organization:

But for day-to-day purposes we use channels in Teams for team-specific announcements on things specifically related to our organization:

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Streamline Communications

When it comes to streamlining communications across the entire company, it’s best to begin with a shift from email to Microsoft Teams. With Teams, you can use group chats for ad-hoc conversations that prevent slow response rates and encourage quick chats.

Here are a few ways you can make the move from email to Teams seamless:

Team Communications from Email -> Teams

Emails -> Channels

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Learn how to send an email to a channel in Teams.

Centralizing Resources

Microsoft Teams makes it easier for organizations to have one centralized location for their data. A useful feature that Teams has in this regard is Tabs, where teams can put convenient links at the top of channels for common resources everyone needs access to. A few handy suggestions include tabs to the company’s intranet, design request lists, and Yammer feeds. The possibilities with tabs are multifaceted; you just need to find what works best for your organization!

Learn More

Improving remote work is easier than ever for organizations now with platforms like Microsoft 365. If you want to get real-world examples and resources from this presentation, be sure to watch the webinar “7 Tips to Improve Remote Work and Ditch Content Sprawl with Microsoft Teams on-demand today!

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Spenser Bullock is a former AvePoint Channel Solutions Engineer, focused on enabling partners and their customers to utilize and maximize their Microsoft 365 technology adoption and usage.

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