When working from home, communication is crucial. Strong communication channels help employees collaborate and troubleshoot, leading to high productivity and team morale. Microsoft Teams can help your business stay connected with ease.
This platform can help you and your employees connect and collaborate effectively with its variety of integration options with all Microsoft programs. In this guide, we’re going to break down what Microsoft Teams is, explain its defining features, and detail how it can benefit your business as you continue into this remote, digital workplace.
What Are The Key Features of Microsoft Teams?
Microsoft Teams is a platform used for both communication and collaboration. Microsoft Teams brings text chat, video meetings, file storage, collaborative file editing, and app integration together so your team can collaborate together seamlessly while working from home.
Let’s take a closer look at this platform’s key features and how they can help your remote workforce collaborate effectively.
Multiple Chat Options
Microsoft Teams offers text, video, and audio chat options for discussions and meetings. Text chat includes both group and one-to-one options; this way, you and your employees can discuss tasks with their entire team or with one other collaborator. It also includes emoji, GIF, and sticker compatibility so you can liven up conversations.
You can also transition directly from text chat to a video or audio call with the push of a button. Video meetings are crucial to maintaining a sense of normalcy during this era of working remotely, so this integration is very beneficial for your team. Microsoft Teams video calls can also host as many employees as you need to be on a call (their website says “teams of 10 to 10,000”).
Build Channels for Every Department
Microsoft Teams also gives you the ability to create channels for different departments and teams within your organization. If you want the content department to have a separate chat space than the sales team, you can do that. This feature makes finding information and getting in touch with others simple.
Despite its numerous chat features, Microsoft Teams is much more than just a communication platform; you can also access, share, store, and edit documents and files collaboratively on programs like Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. You can share these documents in chat channels, present them on video calls, and edit them on your own, similar to Google’s collaborative program set, only this time it’s with Microsoft’s Office 365 suite.
Microsoft or Third-Party App Integration Options
Microsoft Teams also allows you to integrate both first- and third-party applications into the platform in order to expand your productivity and accessibility options. Whether it’s a new GIF keyboard or another service that your business uses like Mail chimp, apps can be added to Microsoft Teams to help your business do more on the same platform.
How Does Microsoft Teams Benefit Your Team?
The transition from a physical office filled with employees to a work-from-home setup is very difficult. A continued effort to communicate with your team can help keep morale and productivity high.
Microsoft Teams is perfect for seamlessly collaborating across locations and platforms. It has communication tools, collaborative features, and can be used on almost any device, including smartphones, desktops, tablets, and laptops. This is an ideal platform for keeping all your employees on the same page and giving them the tools required for high productivity levels.
How Can WheelHouse IT Help Your Business Get Set Up with Microsoft Teams?
At WheelHouse IT, we want to see your business succeed in these uncertain times (and beyond). We have a dedicated and experienced team of managed IT professionals who can help you navigate this new, modern workplace and help you implement Microsoft Modern Office and Teams for your business.
Work with a team that is knowledgeable and has experience with Modern Office by getting in touch with us today. Microsoft Teams is the perfect platform for effectively connecting, communicating, managing, and collaborating with your business’s employees as you continue to work remotely—and WheelHouse IT has the experts to help you implement it effectively.
Let’s work together to make sure your business remains as effective, productive, and secure as possible.