Microsoft is making a big play in the employee management market, today revealing new software to manage and engage remote workforces. Known as Microsoft Viva, the platform integrates other Microsoft services and businesses’ content into a central place.

The tech giant has positioned Viva as a better way for organisations to manage the current COVID disruption and increasingly remote workforces and digital tools. Viva also suggests Microsoft expects the way we are working today is the new normal.

“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,” said Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft.

“Every organisation 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.”

Viva is split into four initial modules: connections, insights, topics, and learning, each targetted at workers across various roles and experience.

Connections offers a news and policy hub for new hires, while Insights gives managers data on “productivity and wellbeing” of employees. Microsoft is stressing Insights is designed to protect privacy following backlash against its previous Productivity Score tool.

Microsoft Viva. Image: Microsoft.

The Topics module is being described by Microsoft as the organisation’s Wikipedia, housing documents, videos and contacts. Viva Learning meanwhile, includes training and development materials for employees from both Microsoft, LinkedIn and organisation’s own content.

Viva is partially launching today with Topics for Microsoft 365 customers and a public preview of Viva Insights. 

“As the world of work changes, the next horizon of innovation will come from a focus on creativity, engagement and wellbeing so organizations can build cultures of resilience and ingenuity,” said Jared Spataro, corporate vice president, Microsoft 365. “Our vision is to deliver a platform for the employee experience that helps organizations create a thriving culture with engaged employees and inspiring leaders.”

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