Microsoft has recently unveiled a new employee experience platform–VIVA–that will act as an integrated platform to manage employee well-being, learning, engagement, and knowledge discovery in the workflow. With close integration of Teams and Office 365 technologies, Microsoft wants to be the market leader in employee engagement.
Microsoft has bet upon the remote working culture in the future. It is targeting all kinds of organizations and employees. During the pandemic, almost all companies have been distraught with various platforms for on-boarding and training the employees. This new platform promises to smoothen the journey for both employees and the company alike.
Currently, the platform has four foundations — Viva Connect, Viva insight, Viva learning, and Viva topics — each one represents a different aspect of employee workflow from in-vitro the company or outside. Viva Connect has a personalized gateway for every employee to access all internal communications and company resources. It also helps employees participate in communities like employee resource groups, all from a single customizable app in Microsoft Teams. VIVA Insight helps the CXOs identify where teams struggle, especially to balance productivity and well-being.
VIVA Learning makes learning resources available in the company, like courses and guided-projects from EDX, Coursera, and many more, in one platform. It helps the employees to manage all their training and micro-courses with their accomplishments. VIVA Topics allows knowledge discovery from various third-party sources inside the documents across Microsoft 365 and conversation in Teams using AI.
Microsoft has partnered with Accenture, Avanade, PwC, and EY to help other companies adopt the homegrown employee experience environment, providing consulting and advisory services. Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadela put the benefits of VIVA into a much-needed vision statement amidst this new initiative. He said, “We have participated in the largest at-scale remote work experiment the world has seen, and it has had a dramatic impact on the employee experience. Every organization will require a unified employee experience from onboarding and collaboration to continuous learning and growth. Viva brings together everything an employee needs to be successful, from day one, in a single, integrated experience directly in Teams.”