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What exactly is Microsoft Viva, and how might it benefit my business?

by Spanish Point - Jun 3, 2021
What exactly is Microsoft Viva, and how might it benefit my business?

The release of Microsoft Viva — a new employee experience platform accessible via Microsoft Teams – has generated a lot of buzz in the digital workplace. Viva, which was announced in early 2021 and is still in the process of being rolled out, is an exciting release that will become a major component of the Microsoft 365 digital workplace.

To combat burnout, Microsoft Viva mixes video conferencing and learning programs with work-life balance technologies. Furthermore, it makes teams feel more engaged and assists managers in understanding employee work habits and trends.

Microsoft Viva is made up of four separate apps:

  1. Viva Connections: A portal to internal communications and business resources, such as policies and human resources information, as well as the ability to join in various social communities.
  2. Viva Insights: Personalised analytics and related insights for “individuals, managers, and leaders” to enhance wellness, cooperation, productivity, and other goals.
  3. Viva Topics:  a knowledge discovery platform that employs artificial intelligence to find experts and information on a variety of topics related to Microsoft 365 products and other digital channels.
  4. Viva Learning: A learning hub that collects learning materials from several sources, such as LinkedIn Learning, Microsoft Learn, reputable third-party providers, and a company’s own learning material.

The pursuit of bettering the employee experience is not new. For years, businesses have been looking for solutions to:

  • Improve the working environment
  • Keep the momentum and productivity going
  • Avoid employee burnout
  • Enhance the onboarding process
  • Find better ways to collaborate and exchange knowledge

These are complicated concerns that frequently need more than one platform or technology to address. Furthermore, as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak, organisations are unsure how to deal with the new normal. How will we ensure our employees’ long-term well-being? What can we do now that remote working is here to stay to achieve work-life balance?

Meeting employees’ technological demands was the initial challenge, but now the attention is moving to efficiently managing and supporting those people regardless of where they work. Normally, this would need the investment of numerous technologies and services; however, Microsoft Viva has the ability to simplify several technological options to one.

Introducing tools for employee engagement, learning, wellbeing, and information discovery right into the Microsoft 365 apps that your employees use on a daily basis. Viva is linked with Microsoft Teams and SharePoint and is embedded across the Microsoft 365 suite.


Interested in learning more about Microsoft Viva?