Teams for better collaboration
Lee Walton, Trustmarque’s Business Productivity Practice Director, comments: “Teams covers the human element of your modern workplace connectivity. When you have a huge cohort of staff working from home for the first time, Teams can bridge a gap – keeping your business connected. It provides an effective collaboration tool to enable people to do their jobs.
“As well as connecting colleagues, you have the ability to set up an externally facing collaboration Team with customers or partners, which is incredibly effective for shared collaboration. It also allows you to be more personable and in-touch with customer needs. They can use Teams to access subject matter experts.”
OUR TOP 10 TIPS FOR TEAMS
In addition to core features like instant messaging, calls, meetings and video conferencing, here’s a run down of some useful and lesser known features as identified by the Trustmarque Business Productivity Team:
1. Meet now (or later) – if you need to set-up a quick, instant meeting you can hit the ‘Meet now’ button and dial others in. This of course removes the need for sending an email – hurray. You can also schedule meetings as normal using Outlook or directly in Teams.
2. Blurred background on video – this may come as a relief to those also juggling with home schooling or who have set up office in the garage. With Teams you can blur the background on all video calls and meetings so there’s no need for a tidy house.
3. Mobile friendly for use on the go – Teams can be used on any advice with secure two-factor authentication. With the ability to turn on notifications, you can take advantage of your allocated time outside.
4. Live subtitles – switch on subtitles during meetings for a more accessible an inclusive experience. This can be particularly useful if you’re having broadband connection issues. Be safe in the knowledge that even if you can’t hear, you can still read what’s being said.
5. Meeting recordings and transcriptions – capture the audio, video, and screen sharing (with Cloud recording) so whole meetings can be shared internally or externally.
6. Threaded conversations – help keep topics together without the need to spend ages scrolling through your inbox.
7. Hello @Mentions – tag your colleagues for a fast response to your queries or highlight useful content, channels and conversations for them
8. Pin the stuff that matters – like documents, folders chats or even whole channels so it is easy to quickly access the information you need most. Similarly, you can also use the activity feed and filter to ignore conversations you don’t feel are relevant.
9. Outlook integration – “It is a pretty basic feature, but integration with Outlook is great for users not used to Teams but who are familiar with Outlook,” says Jordan Berger, Trustmarque’s Fast Track Manager.
10. Just for fun – like other popular social networking and communication tools, Teams allows you to share GIFs so you can keep the workplace camaraderie going, even when you’re working from home.