Many businesses face complex challenges and as such, require diverse perspectives from their team in order to progress. To position your team for success, you need to establish healthy dynamics that will nurture them and equip them to tackle complex challenges with confidence. When these dynamics are in place, positive outcomes can be expected, including thriving company culture and satisfied team members. Microsoft Teams alleviates these problems.
Microsoft Teams is designed to help teams be self-governing and stay focused and aligned on tasks. This tool brings you and your coworkers together in a shared online workspace where you have the ability to chat, meet, share files and work with business apps. Through this platform, your company is able to collaborate with people from different backgrounds and talent across different departments, locations, and even time zones.
Communication Is King
Microsoft Teams gives you and your team the ability to start a quick chat with one or more coworkers so that your team will always be in sync. This means that you will be spending less time sending updates to individual team members. Conversations are threaded so it is easy to track topics and stay in the loop.
If you are chatting with coworkers and feel it would be more beneficial for a voice or video call, Microsoft Teams allows you to seamlessly switch from chat to web conference virtually anywhere. When using the web conference, you can apply screen sharing, file collaboration and apply digital whiteboarding.
Another great feature Microsoft Teams has is the secure guest access. There are times when it is vital to include people from outside your company into your conversation. For example, freelancers, copywriters, and consultants need to be included on projects. Secure guest access allows you to invite guests to the conversation to collaborate and ensure success.
Engaging and Productive Meetings
With team members located in different departments, locations and time zones are challenging for meetings. Microsoft Teams is designed in such a way that no matter where a coworker is located, they can easily join the meeting on their phone or another device and never miss a meeting. When you share content, remote coworkers or guests can follow along as if they were in the meeting room with you. Your coworkers can participate using chat, an integrated digital whiteboard, and apps like Word or Trello.
Microsoft Teams also has the ability to record your meetings to review later. The meeting is automatically transcribed. Thus, making it easier to review a specific part of the meeting.
Collaborate With Confidence
It can become frustrating for team members to have to hunt down documents or information when working on projects. Microsoft Teams help your coworkers to collaborate with confidence by creating a workspace where every team member can access files, conversations, and apps in one place.
You can also work together in editing and reviewing files at the same time with Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and OneNote. If you have multiple projects, you can organize your teams using channels to group conversations and files by certain topics and to further customize your workspace, you can pin important files, apps or reports for quick reference. Microsoft Teams also offers integration with business apps that you are already using. The best part of Microsoft Teams is that it is free to use if you are already using Office 365.
Making the Switch
Microsoft Teams extends the capabilities of Skype for Business by bringing everything into a single interface. If you are using Skype for Business Online you should know that it will be retired on July 31, 2021, after which it will no longer be accessible or supported. Upgrading from Skype to Microsoft Teams is more than just technical. It represents a new way of how users communicate and collaborate. Change is not always easy and as such encouraging user acceptance and adoption can be a challenge.
Learn More About Using Microsoft Teams
At 101 Digital Inc. we help our clients make the switch seamlessly. As your IT provider, we can help introduce Microsoft Teams and train your employees for a successful deployment. We understand that your time is valuable and productivity is vital. Contact us today and let us introduce you to Microsoft Teams for your company.