Microsoft Viva helps your business align purposeful goals
Fed Square is bursting at the seams with green and gold Socceroo fans. Flares are flying in all directions, and police are battling to contain the surging crowds, but for the most part, the focus is on the big screen beaming football from Qatar.
The excitement for this game has been building for days. Melbourne is pumping, and the jubilation of the Socceroos advancing this far in the World Cup is thrilling. Finally, after the hard years of Covid, the boys are flying the flag and have exceeded the nation’s expectations.
They weren’t even supposed to be here.
But in sports, like in business, anything is possible when the team is determined to deliver on purposeful goals together.
And in the game’s dying moments, it looked like Argentina could face the Aussies for a penalty shoot-out after extra time.
The Socceroo’s ultimate goal to advance appeared increasingly possible.
But in workplaces trying to achieve company-wide goals is more challenging post-pandemic amidst a digital transformation.
You can no longer rely on traditional methods to strive for goals across a workplace that combines hybrid and remote working. It’s essential your business must adopt tools that help your teams stay connected. Otherwise, you have employees achieving goals or priorities that are not aligned with the broader company strategy.
Microsoft continues to lead the digital transformation introducing more comprehensive collaboration tools focusing on helping businesses improve employee experiences. With clever use of automation, cloud connectivity and AI, Microsoft has welcomed Viva Goals into its Viva suite of applications.
What Is Microsoft Viva?
There are currently seven applications for Microsoft Viva:
- Viva Topics: Allows companies and businesses to utilise knowledge and experience. It finds relevant topics from the company knowledge base from keywords.
- Viva Connections: Gives employees a personalised, connected feed, including important news, conversations, and tools.
- Viva Learning: Bring together all training apps which make it easy for employees to gain new skills. The learning is delivered from inside the MS Teams application.
- Viva Insights: Improves employee well-being and team culture. Insights use data to provide productivity and well-being suggestions.
- Viva Sales: Removes your sales team’s manual input of data and provides timely, helpful lead interaction recommendations.
- Viva Engage: Cultivates personal networks and community. Engage fosters employee engagement and sharing of knowledge.
- Viva Goals: Enables employees and teams to gain clarity of corporate goals.
Viva’s core focus is on people rather than software or tools. It builds a connection between Microsoft Office and M365 applications leveraging the power of AI. Viva helps your business create a seamless working experience for employees and gives visibility into actionable data points.
What is Viva Goals?
Microsoft recently introduced Viva Goals to help connect teams, so they’re moving toward a common goal(s). This way, no matter which department or area of the business an employee works, they can all be aligned on the same goal(s).
Business leaders can use Viva Goals to embed the company objectives. And they then link these objectives to intended targets for each department.
For example, if you have a business goal to deliver exceptional customer support. To enable the plan to be adopted and action taken by your team, you need to be able to connect it. With Viva Goals, your business goal can include directives (activities) for different groups across your company. Such as IT support reducing ticket resolution by 6 hours. Doing so allows your teams to understand the goals and have meaningful actions that will enable progress to be monitored.
Aligns your whole business to achieve the same goals
To achieve success across different teams and individual employees, Viva Goals sets out the company’s goals and targets in a visible form. As a result, work outcomes are directly connected to company-wide objectives.
Using Viva Goals ensures everyone in the business pursues the same goals, not their agendas. And when all employees are aligned, it’s easier for the company to achieve its overarching goals.
Easier to embed goals at an employee level
Viva connects to other M365 apps, making gathering data insights easier. These insights help business leaders track progress towards the company’s targets more easily.
Your employees can stay focused on goals as they are connected to their daily work targets. This is because company goals are embedded in the daily operating rhythm of employees instead of hearing them once at an annual team conference, with many thinking, “that’s nice”, and forgetting them.
Seamless integrates Viva with MS Teams and M365
It’s incredible how simply making goals visible motivates employees and teams to execute. Viva integrates with MS Teams to allow everyone to view plans. It helps people leaders recognise individual and team contributions in meetings. And how their contribution progresses the overall company’s goals.
No longer are businesses relying on outdated spreadsheets to track goal progress. Instead, Viva provides an experience that improves employee engagement and helps everyone strive to achieve.
How do you access Viva Goals?
If you’d like to subscribe to Viva Goals, you can add-on to your Microsoft 365 plan. As of December 2002, Viva Goal is $8.20 per month for each user.
And the entire suite of Viva applications, the current price is $12.40 per month for each user.
Do you want to kick goals with Microsoft 365 or Viva?
Why not use Microsoft Viva to align meaningful goals across your business? Schedule a call today for a no-obligation discussion about integrating Viva Goals into your teams.
About the author
Yener is the founder and Managing Director of Intuitive IT. Prior to running his own business Yener worked for a number of corporate organisations where he gained invaluable experience and skills, as well as an understanding of how IT can complement and improve business outcomes.