A few weeks ago I met up with someone I have met through the Microsoft community for a coffee. During our discussion the conversation somehow shifted to me when she asked about my challenges as an autistic person, also known as someone with Asperger’s. I was completely comfortable and happy to dive into the discussion.… Read More We need to be talking more about neurodiversity in the workplace
When we were all thrust into remote working as this crisis ramped up, many employers had concerns of reduced productivity while their staff were at home. The reality of this has been a substantial risk of employee burn-out. The lines have been blurred between work and home life, for many people an increase in work… Read More Use Microsoft 365 To Help Reduce Employee Burn-out
As we urgently dive back into another lockdown in Victoria, Australia, our schools had about an hour’s notice to pivot and plan how to enable learning to continue next week with everyone suddenly at home. The fast response was to send kids home with their pencil cases, a pile of books and a journal. One… Read More How home-schooling in a pandemic is superior to workplace learning
At any one time I am usually engaging with multiple organisations across their Microsoft 365 journey, delivering Change Management Strategy, and at times putting on the trainer hat to help drive knowledge and adoption. Here are some key things I found recently many people do not know and ask about. Enjoy! Removing the lobby from… Read More Microsoft Teams – 10 tips to start 2021!
As Microsoft 365 professionals we engage with many organisations across the year and see many challenges for staff or IT when it comes to collaborating with external parties. These might be roles like vendors, contractors, suppliers, or consultants. Essentially sharing a document to edit together, review a final draft or to receive something more formal… Read More External Sharing – it’s not just about documents!
This year has been massive for Microsoft Teams! Millions of new users relying on the application to keep employed during a global crisis. Of particular surprise, has been the amount of change, impact and pressure to learn on people that was met with reasonably low resistance. We work with multiple organisations who were taking time… Read More Microsoft Teams – it’s time to get proactive!
Microsoft have some great things coming with the virtual commute, suggested meditations and ways to end your day, but there are features right now that many people are not aware of or using. I work with multiple organisations dealing with many kinds of people and roles across each week, and I see similar patterns, or… Read More Cortana, I Love You!
So much of our work right now is being completed through remote working all over the world. Whether it is a team catchup, kicking off a project with external stakeholders or coming together for a webinar, we are leaving an impression. We all do it, we judge a person by their shoes, teeth, hair, clothes. We… Read More Microsoft Teams Meetings – leaving a strong impression
This new feature is great, but it requires some change in behaviour that many haven’t stopped to think about. What am I going on about? It isn’t a standard meeting behaviour to put your hand up. Seriously, when have you ever sat around a meeting room table and raised your hand? While there is a… Read More Microsoft Teams raise your hand feature – the issue most organisations haven’t considered
I have been using Live Events in Microsoft Teams for over a year. Here are some key challenges I have encountered and some ways to reduce stress when kicking off or running events. Avoid attendee confusion when starting your event I learnt very quickly some of the possible confusion as an event starts, and how… Read More Microsoft Teams Live Events – Key Lessons Learned