Aug 2, 2021

The Microsoft Teams apps you should consider

Imagine you’re getting a new pool in your backyard. You dig up some trees that were in the way, you add some interlocking so it’s easy to walk to the pool, you dig a massive hole, add liner and a lot of water. You’ve made a lot of decisions to get to this point and are looking forward to sunny days sitting pool-side with your friends. 

The only thing is…you forgot one last item, the pool heater. 

A lot of companies we speak with are currently faced with this pool heater problem as they navigate through this era of digitization & distributed teams. 

Bringing this analogy to life, Microsoft Teams can be thought of everything except for the heater. You’ve battled internally to move your entire organization to Microsoft Teams, now it’s time to bring in the heater – the applications that allow you to leverage all the work you’ve already put in.

This is how you go from a backyard party where everyone has their swimsuit on but nobody is swimming because the water is too cold (brrrr!!!) to one where people are having fun and splashing around.  

Supercharging Teams, where to start?


Every department has their own specific applications that they use frequently. Today, we’ll be focusing on applications that can be used by individual departments, but more importantly, can also be used by the entire organization. 

One of the greatest benefits of Microsoft Teams is that everyone is connected to the same platform. This surface area means that users across departments and typical organizational boundaries are brought together.  

With this is mind, let’s get to the applications! They’re the real stars.

Miro is an online collaborative whiteboard platform that allows distributed teams to work effectively together from brainstorming with digital sticky notes to planning and managing agile workflows.

Product managers, project managers, designers, developers, and other creatives use Miro to work on complex projects together. Miro enables teams to innovate faster and keeps everyone aligned and engaged in the product development process, from ideation to production.

Brainstorm ideas with your distributed team on a digital whiteboard as easily as if you were in the same room. Stay on the same page throughout the lifecycle of a project or sprint. Provide all your team members with a 360 degree view of your project, with the ability to also drill down into the details.

Miro works seamlessly with Microsoft Teams so you can get notifications from Miro right in Microsoft Teams. Collaborate on projects in Miro and receive all your mentions or comments directly in your Microsoft Teams Chat.

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What if every department and business unit had it’s own ticketing system and approval workflows? This is now possible without having to ever leave your Microsoft Teams environment. 

Jetdocs is a Microsoft Teams add-in that serves as the front end catalog/portal for all employee requests and tickets. This includes business units such as HR, Finance, Accounting and Legal to less structured business processes like Covid-19 Protocols or Facilities Management. By fully integrating with Teams, Jetdocs gives your employees a central place to submit requests and have them completed/reassigned without the need to context switch. Requests are then fast-tracked to the appropriate person that was set up during the template creation. Jetdocs offers a full suite of tools to create, submit, respond and track internal requests.

How do your employees currently send internal requests? It may look like a combination of emails (hr@company.com or finance@company.com), chat and in person/virtual meetings. Jetdocs turns these archaic processes into streamlined workflows that get resolved quickly. You are able to create any type of custom workflow – a few common business units and templates are:

 

    • HR: Candidate qualification, payroll setup, employee suggestion, employee onboarding, exit interview, incident report and more
      • Example: Mary is an HR generalist who handles all employee compensation requests. These typically get sent to HR@acme.com, now they are routed to her, where she then approves the request and approves to the next step (supervisor).
    • Finance & Accounting: travel expense claim, purchase order, generate invoice, budget change, team event budget and more
      • Example: Ashley is a controller who handles all requests related to invoicing and budgets. These typically get sent to Finance@acme.com, now they are routed to her, where she can verify the attachments (invoices, receipts) and approve them to be routed to the clerk for bookkeeping.

By leveraging the Jetdocs Request portal, employees are able to self-serve and navigate through the custom catalog that you can set up in minutes, not weeks. Plus, with out-of-the-box templates and SSO, you can empower every function within your organization.

Lattice is a people management platform that enables people leaders to develop engaged, high-performing teams. By combining continuous performance management, employee engagement, and employee development in one solution, HR and People teams get powerful, real-time analytics that lead to actionable insights turning managers into leaders, employees into high-performers, and companies into the best places to work.

The Lattice App for Microsoft Teams makes it possible to build a culture of continuous feedback at your company overnight and ensure that your people management initiatives always get the attention and adoption they deserve. With the Lattice app, you can:

 

  • Get goal updates 
  • Never miss another Performance Review Deadline
  • Prepare for your upcoming 1:1s
  • See all your Feedback: constructive or praise
  • Stay in tune with your team with Updates
  • Engagement, Pulse, and eNPS Survey delivery
  • Increase your survey completion rate by delivering invitations directly in Microsoft Teams with Lattice.

Lattice app will grow in functionality and more collaborative features will added in future such as giving feedback within Microsoft Teams as well as sharing public updates and goals with everyone

Get started with the Lattice app for Microsoft Teams to drive people management, engagement, and high performance where you’re already collaborating with your team.

Kahoots bring people together, and our users are finding more creative ways to play – especially with online groups and channels. Microsoft Teams enables Kahoot! users to assign challenges and play live games to teach or present. Below are the functionalities available within the app:

  • Create and access your Kahoots
  • Launch a live game
  • Assign a challenge
  • Final leaderboard & report

Kahoot! is a great way to engage your company for organization events, conferences, team-building and more!

Last Word


It’s time to get that pool heater installed and up and running. You’ve put in the work and rallied your organization around teams – supercharge your environment today. 

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