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Microsoft Modern Workplace & Wellbeing Resources

My main focus is on the Modern Workplace using #Microsoft365 and sometimes I find myself looking for a resource again that I’ve “lost”, or finding new valuable resources I didn’t know existed at all. In the recent year and half, #Microsoft has also published some incredible research on wellbeing, hybrid workplace, their growth mindset and the future of work. To save you time I’ve compiled all my resources in one place (which is definitely going to help me). If you have any you think should be added to the list, feel free to comment.

Thought leadership:  Culture / Future of work / Resilience / Wellbeing

Staying up to date

Adoption

 Product Training

Modern | Hybrid Workplace Training

Measurement & Insights


Disclaimer: I create content about Office / Microsoft 365. Content is accurate at time of publication, however updates and new additions happen daily which could change the accuracy or relevance. Please keep this in mind when using my blogs as guidelines. And yes, I change my mind all the time as well, because “The only thing that is constant, is change”.
My life mission is to “Facilitate the evolution of human capabilities”: Reach out on: LinkedIn > SlideShare > Twitter > Medium > YouTube > MVP Profile 

Page section background shading in #Office365 Modern #SharePoint

It’s time to catch-up with all the announcements at #MSIgnite. And the only way I learn, is by researching, trying and sharing. So let’s go! Today’s blog will cover the “Page section background shading” available on Modern #SharePoint Online sites soon. Inspired to a new “1 Blog A Day for a Month Challenge” by Ali Spittel (@ASpittel), thanks Ali! Seeing as it’s November, I’ve also decided to dedicate the blogs to a noble cause:  The Movember Foundation. #Movember2018 #Movember

 

Let’s first create some awareness. I have way to many awesome men in my life that I want to be around when I grow old.


More about Movember:

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Page section background shading

I am so excited about this. Even though I absolutely love #SharePoint Online, I’ve been wanting some shading in web parts from the start. and YES, clients are asking for it too!!

Announced at #Microsoft Ignite, here’s a blog from Mark Kashman, with some more information:

Page section background shading – Create additional visual design and clarity as a user scrolls through your content. Now you can add different colors to the background of your page sections or leave them white as they are by default. Mark Kashman. Read more…

Example 1:

Example 2:

And yes, this is not supposed to be pretty, I messed around in #PowerPoint a bit to illustrate different colors. I’m not quite sure what will be possible, but I’m super psyched!


Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Q: When is this all being released in Office 365?

A: The above blog marks the disclosure of numerous feature and capability announcements. Our goal is to release all the items to Targeted Release customers in Office 365 by the end of the first half of calendar year 2019. You can expect future blogs and admin message center posts to raise attention to specific change management dates per each item to designate initial availability roll out in Office 365, with refined information about timing and duration of roll out.


I found this banner image on Unsplash, all credit to the photographer:

Alan Hardman


I’ll be speaking at The European SharePoint, Office 365 & Azure Conference in Copenhagen, 26 – 29th of November. #ESPC18 @EuropeanSP Also honored to be a community reporter at the event. Hoping to see you there!


“You can also find me contributing to REgarding 365. I’m a member of a group of enthusiasts, sharing their stories, thoughts and opinions about Microsoft 365. Catch us at https://regarding365.com | @regarding365 on Twitter and regarding365 on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/regarding365

Disclaimer:  I create content about Office / Microsoft 365. Content is accurate at time of publication, however updates and new additions happen daily which could change the accuracy or relevance. Please keep this in mind when using my blogs as guidelines.


New Initiative:

Every couple of months I’m going to travel to a new country, rent a motorcycle, and travel to as many communities as possible, for 15.2 days. Purpose would be to create awareness around Digital Literacy and give users an overview of Office 365 Apps and Services and how it can transform their lives. I’ll do video and written blogs to capture and share my journey and experiences.

Feedback would be crucial, and I’ll be using Microsoft Forms & Flow to gather valuable feedback for myself and Microsoft. I will be inviting other community members to join me on my journey when I’m in their respective areas.

Of course it wouldn’t be possible without sponsorship to help support this cause. Reach out if you’re interested on getting involved in any way, here’s a link to a Microsoft Form that can be completed:  https://bit.ly/2LaQBRQ

Amplify your Digital Creativity with Modern SharePoint Sites at #SPC19

Just to get you excited for the SharePoint Conference, May 21 – 23, 2019 MGM Grand, Las Vegas, here’s an overview of my session:

Amplify your Digital Creativity with Modern SharePoint Sites:

We’ve always wanted to transform SharePoint sites into beautiful creative hubs, and now with the modern sites this is easier than ever before. In my session I’ll show you how you can create stunning, responsive sites with SharePoint Communication and Teams Site templates. It will include an overview and use case for the modern web parts as well as creative inspiration for images and banners.

You’ll leave this session informed, empowered and excited to get started.

 

It’s the largest SharePoint Conference in the Industry! Hope I’ll see you there!

 


SharePoint Conference 2019 in Vegas:  May 21 to 23

Honored to be speaking at SharePoint Conference in Vegas, May 21-23, 2019. Follow  &  on Twitter for more updates, and click here to register: REMEMBER to use my discount code (SCHYFF) for $50 off! See you there!


New Initiative:

Every couple of months I’m going to travel to a new country, rent a motorcycle, and travel to as many communities as possible, for 15.2 days. Purpose would be to create awareness around Digital Literacy and give users an overview of Office 365 Apps and Services and how it can transform their lives. I’ll do video and written blogs to capture and share my journey and experiences.

Feedback would be crucial, and I’ll be using Microsoft Forms & Flow to gather valuable feedback for myself and Microsoft. I will be inviting other community members to join me on my journey when I’m in their respective areas.

Of course it wouldn’t be possible without sponsorship to help support this cause. Reach out if you’re interested on getting involved in any way, here’s a link to a Microsoft Form that can be completed:  https://bit.ly/2LaQBRQ

 


REgarding 365:

“You can also find me contributing to REgarding 365. I’m a member of a group of enthusiasts, sharing their stories, thoughts and opinions about Microsoft 365. Catch us at https://regarding365.com | @regarding365 on Twitter and regarding365 on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/regarding365


Disclaimer:  I create content about Office / Microsoft 365. Content is accurate at time of publication, however updates and new additions happen daily which could change the accuracy or relevance. Please keep this in mind when using my blogs as guidelines.

#Microsoft365 Day 121: Adoption Challenges for Modern vs Classic SharePoint

#Microsoft365 #Office365 #SharePoint This is a follow up post after my “SharePoint Training Checklist & Considerations” blog a couple of days ago. I’ve seen and heard some complaints from people not overly happy with the new modern sites and I would love to share some ideas to help you Adapt & Adopt as well as some considerations. And yes, this is NOT a 5 minute read either.

For previous posts in my #Microsoft365Challenge go to the index page.

DISCLAIMER:  I WRITE ARTICLES ABOUT OFFICE / MICROSOFT 365. CONTENT IS ACCURATE AT TIME OF PUBLICATION, HOWEVER UPDATES AND NEW ADDITIONS HAPPEN DAILY WHICH COULD CHANGE THE ACCURACY OR RELEVANCE. PLEASE KEEP THIS IN MIND WHEN USING MY BLOGS AS GUIDELINES.

In my recent blog SharePoint Training Checklist & Considerations I shared a checklist for training and a lot of ideas / considerations for user adoption. I had some great feedback and after chatting with some folks, decided to share my take on the adoption journey from Classic to Modern SharePoint sites. Thanks for the inspiration.

DISCLAIMER:  How’s that for having two disclaimers in one blog. Then you know you’re gonna ruffle some feathers. Change hurts, if it doesn’t we’re doing something wrong. Then that’s not revolution, it’s merely evolution in baby steps. We don’t like hearing we’re doing something wrong – but please take the time, have a glass of wine, think about it. We need to change too.
No. I did not just give you permission to drink at work… 🙂

For years I thought my inability to see complexity made me stupid. I reckoned I didn’t understand it enough on a technical level etc. And then I came across the word Juxtaposing. And I decided that’s what my brain does. It automatically changes something complex into something easy for comparison and explanation. This really helps me a lot when training people.

“When you change the way you look at things, then the things you look at changes” Dr Wayne Dyer

So to prove my point, I’m gonna talk about the change from Windows 7 to Windows 8, not about SharePoint. I’m not comparing Windows 8 to Modern SharePoint Online for 1 moment (I’m a big Windows 10 fan), but the jump to the new UI was a shock to users as well. So hang in there, you’ll see why 🙂

Windows 7 / Windows 8

When Windows 8 was released end 2011 / beginning 2012, chaos erupted in the world of everyday end-users. I trained at companies where I saw with my own eyes how they had ‘downgraded the Windows 8 to look like Windows 7 OS with less functionality‘. Yes, I have no idea what that was called, but it was stupid and wasted money.

A user from a Road Construction company (he’s an engineer and must have been close to 60), explained to me that Windows 8 just caused so much hassles he couldn’t get his job done. I didn’t blame him – I was however mad at whoever ‘downgraded’ his machine.

They should have just taken 2 minutes to show him the Windows Button on his keyboard, and showed him how to search for stuff and stop navigating to stuff. That’s a #WTF moment right there! And of course that stands for “Why Tech Fails”.

I also find companies who reach out to me for training after they’ve re-branded their Intranet. What? So it used to be pink and now it’s blue and the web parts sit in a different place – and you have to retrain you users? Mmmmmh, me thinks whoever did the training first time round, did it wrong. It’s like blaming the user or the platform when people don’t adopt. Nope. They might add to the lack of user adoption, but I can assure you that lack of or incorrect training will be the biggest culprit.

And no, I’m not saying it’s all your fault Mr or Mrs Trainer. Just like I believe the KPI’s of IT Support People should change, so I believe how we train should change. The world has changed, tech is different, we should change.

So let’s go back to Windows 7 and Windows 8. In a recent blog The Evolution of Finding Stuff I spoke about the evolution of finding stuff. We’ve gone from See > Navigate > Search to Discover. Sadly many people are stuck between See / Navigate. And this is exactly why they struggle adopting new technology. We’ve never taught them the basics. And yes, I said we. I’m very much at fault too.

Windows 7 and older was still very much See and Navigate. We put everything on our desktops and double-clicked our days away through crazy deep folder levels. If you didn’t have the Excel shortcut on your desktop – you didn’t have Excel and IT had to “Team viewer” into your machine to change your Screen Resolution – cause who knows where those settings sit these days? Newer technology relies heavily on Search and Discovery because we honestly deal with too much information to navigate to it.

I’m sure by now you get where I’m going with this?

Invest in your greatest assets (users) by helping them become digitally literate. Don’t teach them SharePoint Online or 2016. Teach them about the basics of SharePoint and Web Browsers, Search, opening pages in new tabs, page layouts, responsive web parts, site contents and recycle bins. SWAT (SharePoint Weapons and Tactics – like versions, restore, alerts, permissions etc.). E-safety when using the web, passwords, sharing and promoting content. Etc. This way they should be able to apply their basic knowledge and skills and ADAPT.

“ADAPT is the main ingredient for ADOPT” ~ me

Teaching people the right skills create self-learners. Self-learners don’t need re-training all the time. They will start to figure things out on their own. We need to change the way we train because technology is changing too fast, we will never keep up with the old methods.


More Insights:


Purpose of this blog challenge:  I will write 365 blogs in 365 days around Microsoft 365. I did a similar challenge with Office 365, blogs can be found here. I won’t just be talking about the new Microsoft 365 subscription model. I will be sharing any news, tips and tricks around Office / Office 365 / Windows / Mobility and Security. And let’s not forget all the great new Apps & services available.  A lot of what I’ll share on Office and SharePoint will also be applicable to none “Office 365” versions.

How to configure the new Useful Links Web Part in SharePoint Online

In this video I’ll show how to use the brand new “Useful Links” web part in #SharePoint online. It has groupings and uses Fluent UI Icons which are super easy to grab and use. #Office365 #Microsoft365.

Important Note:  It seems this web part is not standard #SharePoint, but I got it through deploying one of the templates from the #SharePoint LookBook. Still awesome though, and absolutely worth it. Click here for more information on Modern SharePoint Starter Kit – End-to-end showcase solution to get started with modern experiences.


Disclaimer: I create content about Office / Microsoft 365. Content is accurate at time of publication, however updates and new additions happen daily which could change the accuracy or relevance. Please keep this in mind when using my blogs as guidelines. And yes, I change my mind all the time as well, because “The only thing that is constant, is change”.
My life mission is to “Facilitate the evolution of human capabilities”: Reach out on: Website > LinkedIn > SlideShare > Twitter > Medium > YouTube > MVP Profile > Contact Me

Building Classifieds for your #Intranet with #Yammer and #SharePoint

In this short video, I’ll show you how to build a Classifieds app using a Yammer Group and then surfacing it on you SharePoint Intranet. I’ve also added a How-To video from Stream and a Microsoft Form for feedback.

Also note that I’m using hashtags in the posts which create automatic Topics in Yammer, which can then be used to filter the Yammer web part on SharePoint.

Another pretty cool feature is that you can engage on your mobile device with the SharePoint Site or directly with the Yammer Group.

Enjoy!


Moving to the Cloud or stuck somewhere without adoption? Contact me for a FREE 60 minute, Microsoft 365 Immersion Experience.

Disclaimer: I create content about Office / Microsoft 365. Content is accurate at time of publication, however updates and new additions happen daily which could change the accuracy or relevance. Please keep this in mind when using my blogs as guidelines. And yes, I change my mind all the time as well, because “The only thing that is constant, is change”.
My life mission is to “Facilitate the evolution of human capabilities”: Reach out on: Website > LinkedIn > SlideShare > Twitter > Medium > YouTube > MVP Profile > Contact Me

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