Yammer Top 10 – what you need to know
Yammer has become such a strong player in the Microsoft collaboration space and an integral part of adoption and change management. It has opened new ways for communication to take place and work practices to improve and become more streamlined. Here is our Yammer Top 10 and all you need to know
#1 Yammer – #WorksWithoutWalls
Yammer provides a space for organisations to grow and function without the added expenses of securing a traditional office space.
The Adopt & Embrace team started in one central city and has quickly grown to include an interstate office (5hours flight away) and two international branches (New Zealand and Los Angeles) all without the expense of setting up traditional office spaces and leasing fees. This huge saving of both money and resources is only possible by a yammer adoption; enabling a business to work without walls.
#2 Yammer encourages a safe space.
Yammer provides a platform where users can share information and partake in conversations they may previously have not engaged in. Providing an online space can often encourage users who struggle with face to face interactions to partake in conversations. Online platforms have been known to create a ‘safe’ space for people to share and as yammer is very transparent, this safe space is often heightened.
#3 Yammer is specific to you.
Yammer allows users to follow conversations and posts that they find relevant to their job or interests and not be overloaded with notifications about everything happening on the Yammer platform. This allows users to have greater control over what they spend their time focusing on and attention being re-directed to.
#4 Yammer focuses on conversations
Yammer is not like Facebook, LinkedIn or groups. Yammer provides channels or ‘conversation hubs’ where people come together to discuss specific or central topics in one space. This allows people to be more productive in their engagement and focused on their input to the topic at hand.
Examples of a conversation hub (channel) could be…
- ‘Check-in Channel’ (for remote workers & driving long distances). Adopt & Embrace has an H&S policy where staff stop, get out of their car and take photos along their mandatory travel breaks, this is a convenient way to manage the health and safety of staff.
- Tech support (a central place to troubleshoot issues via the input of all the orgs staff resulting in faster resolutions and relieving IT support of ticket overloads)
- Our competitors ( a place to drop information about competitors to keep abreast of the market)
- Executive team ( a central place for an orgs exec team to exchange ideas without having extended meetings, therefore giving more time back in their day)
#5 Yammer is built for Enterprises & Client Collaboration
Being an enterprise social network platform, Yammer provides a fast and easy way to collaborate with not only employees within an organisation but also external clients.
Yammer provides a very effective way to run a project from one collaborative location reducing the need for excessive meetings, interstate air travel and reducing the pressure on company resources. Yammer can manage the engagement of over 200,000 employees.
Big project management
An example would be managing a project such as the Commonwealth games where many organisations are coming together. The internal games organisation could create central Yammer channels (conversation hubs) for each of the external contractor companies, i.e. (IT company, Security companies, Local tourism boards, sporting teams etc.) Here, ideas, tasks and information sharing can happen much faster. Answers and results can be achieved instantly, therefore, making the management of such a large project more productive.
Yammer Top 10 (continues next week)