Introduction to Microsoft Teams
Microsoft Teams is the hub for teamwork in Office 365 that brings together people, conversations and content – along with the tools that teams need – giving you the complete collaboration and communication solution.
Microsoft Teams is the hub for teamwork that brings together all the collaboration and communications capabilities using the full breadth and depth of Office 365. You have the opportunity to collaborate, meet, and share in a more open, fluid, and modern workspace.
Communication through threaded and persistent chat with additional features:
- Rich text capable
- Chat, call and meet across devices, including mobile
- @mention someone to ensure they see your mention
- Keep interactions engaging with memes and animated Gifs
- File sharing in chat
Streamline collaboration and improve teamwork:
- Search for content, files, and people
- Track project chat, notes, files and meetings in one place
- Office 365 apps are built in Teams for easy access to SharePoint, OneNote, Power BI, Planner and more
- Communicate directly by @mentioning and tagging team members
- Co-author in real time using connected Office and other apps
Supports both private and channel meetings in more productive, real-time meetings with:
- High definition audio, web and video conferencing
- Presentation and application sharing
- Cloud recording of meetings with transcription and translation
- Share content and use intelligent features like background blue and scheduling assistance from mobile
Connect with anyone through phone system:
- Have a dedicated phone number for domestic and international calls
- Advanced features including voicemail, transfer, and emergency calling (e9111)
- Advanced call management including, call routing, auto attendant, and reporting
- Hybrid voice using Direct Routing
- Business Voice available for up to 300 users
Tips for effective remote work
Set up your workspace
Find a space in your home where you can concentrate. If you’re somewhere with background distractions, use background blur in Microsoft Teams to keep teammates focused.
Communicate, communicate, communicate
Your rhythm with online work from home might look different that it does in the office. For example, you may be balancing work and childcare at the same time. Communicate your schedule to your coworkers so that they know when to reach out to you.
Maintain healthy boundaires
Without the normal workday signals, like a commute, it can be harder to unplug. Make sure to take breaks, stay hydrated, and give yourself opportunities to “clock out” from remote work at the end of the day.
Embrace online meetings
Make sure all meetings include an online “join” option so that team members can join from wherever they are working. Turn video on so your team can interact face to face and feel more connected.
Be mindful and inclusive
A crowded conference call can make it difficult for people to share their opinions. Pause frequently to allow time for questions and remind attendees that they can use the chat window to share their thoughts.
Record your meetings
When you start a meeting, hit “record”. Team members who aren’t able to join can watch later or search the automatically generated transcript for important information. That way, people can easily review anything they missed or need repeated.
Make up for missing hallway talk
The quick chat at the water cooler is what many people miss the most when working remotely. Instead, be deliberate about and connecting with your coworkers. Think about chat messages as your virtual water cooler and set yourself a reminder to check in with people regularly.
Bring the team together
Working remotely can feel a bit isolating. It’s important to create opportunities for the whole team to virtually get together, whether it’s large brainstorms with the Microsoft Whiteboard app or daily check-ins over a virtual coffee.
Use Teams to encourage fun activities and challenges to maintain morale. Holding a photo contest or praising employees for creative ideas are great ways to help the team stay positive and engaged.
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