At the end of 2020, the US Remote Work Survey sent a questionnaire to 133 company executives and 1,200 office workers for feedback on the effectiveness of remote work.
The results showed most companies are heading towards a more hybrid workplace, and both employers and employees were happy with the results.
When asked to define the top characteristics of an office, employer and employee respondents answered:
So, how can companies make this happen in a hybrid or fully remote work environment? The good news is that you don't have to create your own app for teams program and instead choose from already established systems.
Many are finding platforms like Yammer and Microsoft Teams are the answer. Before you decide, it's essential to understand each thoroughly, their differences, and when to use them.
To help, we've provided an easy-to-understand guide. Let's start with Yammer.
Yammer is a product of Microsoft that resembles a social networking tool but is private, allowing only members of a company to communicate. Yammer was founded by a former PayPal executive in 2008 who wanted to help businesses complete work from anywhere while also saving time and increasing productivity.
There are six ways to communicate in Yammer:
But those are not the only features; there are hundreds. A few more key benefits include:
Yammer is a communication tool that allows you to bring in the whole company. There is another communication tool for companies that want to only communicate in smaller groups on different projects, Microsoft Teams.
Teams, as it is commonly referred to, is also a product of the Microsoft Corporation. It launched in 2017 but saw its most significant rise in use during COVID19. Reportedly there are 145 million daily active users of Teams.
Note: Yammer too much? See how Friday integrates with Microsoft Teams to help your internal communication.
The key features of Teams include the following:
Yammer and Teams have things in common, like excellent security and planning tools. But that's not all. Let's look at additional similarities between the two.
Businesses, whether large or small, require specific tools to help them thrive. Both Yammer and Teams offer the following benefits:
There are differences between the two platforms, also. It's the differences that can help narrow your decision to best meet your company's needs.
Some differences between Teams and Yammer involve the size of what is available to the company, like integrations. With Teams, over 300 integrations are available, while Yammer can integrate with over 100. Other differences include:
Say the company is about to launch a new product. Many team members are involved in this process, from sales and marketing, strategists, creation and engineering, graphics and design, testing, and more. Teams allows the company to set up a communication stream that keeps everyone on the same page and on track from start to finish. Label that stream as a channel named "Product Launch," and everyone on the team can access it at any time to view its status and what is left to do, and the deadlines assigned.
Now, let's compare this to Yammer.
Say you are a leader in a district office. You oversee multiple offices across multiple cities in the same region. You likely manage thousands of employees, including office workers and manufacturing personnel. Yammer allows you to reach all of them at one time to send out important announcements like company-wide policy changes.
Yammer is the better choice:
At the same time, you can send announcements privately to specific groups or individuals. For example, a discussion about logistics doesn't have to include the finance department.
This is a difficult choice that affects many people. What may be liked by some may not be liked by others. Some team members will love a corporate social network environment, while others will want more seclusion.
One thing is for sure: collaboration cannot happen without communication. Choosing a communication tool, Yammer or Teams, is key in moving your company forward. Let's review the two, this time focusing on how they improve communication, make connections, and lead to better collaboration and productivity.
Teams just introduced new tools that make communication easier, including webinars, invite-only meetings, and improvements to audio, making the following possible:
Microsoft interviewed 10,000 Yammer users, and here are the benefits discovered:
If you’re a startup, growing company, or a small business focused on remote work, Yammer and/or Teams may not be the best fit for you.
To that end, Friday has created an asynchronous remote operating system to help you do your best work from anywhere.
And Friday even integrates with Microsoft Teams to help you communicate in real-time.
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