Hybrid and remote work have made it difficult for people to feel connected to one another and to the mission of their organization—our relationships and sense of connection at work have shrunk. Leaders are tasked with delivering a reimagined employee experience that meets employees’ expectations while bringing a sense of community, connection, and inspiration to day-to-day work. Our Work Trends Index shows that 43% of leaders believe that relationship-building is the greatest challenge of hybrid and remote work. Yet, building social capital is crucial for organizational success. Today at Microsoft Inspire, we announced Microsoft Viva Engage, the newest app in Microsoft Viva, designed to help people and teams to be their best, have a voice, and feel included in the workplace. Viva Engage gives leaders a new way to shape culture at their organizations by unlocking communication and engagement opportunities for everyone. Built on the foundation of Yammer, Viva Engage brings people together across the organization to connect with leaders and coworkers, find answers to questions, share their unique story, and find belonging at work.
Viva Engage is a social app for digital communities, conversations, and self-expression tools that builds on the existing capabilities of the Communities app for Teams and Microsoft 365 to connect employees and empower everybody to contribute and express themselves by meeting people where they are in Microsoft Teams and Microsoft 365. And as an integral part of the Microsoft Viva suite, Viva Engage contributes to Viva Connections and Viva Topics and over time will extend community, conversation, and knowledge experiences into other areas of Viva.
Microsoft Viva Engage offers new ways to connect, share, and find belonging at work.
For leaders, Viva Engage is a place to share news and strategy, model culture, speak with employees, and weigh in on conversations. Features like virtual events, pinned conversations, and announcements with notifications across Teams, Outlook, and Viva Connections.
For employees, Viva Engage enables people to build communities and professional networks, share their work and perspective, and find answers to their questions. Features like storyline and stories, Best Answers, @mentions, and topics help drive participation and build communities and relationships amongst coworkers.
Viva Engage introduces a new way to share your unique perspective at scale through your storyline. There are two ways to share to your storyline: posts and stories.
Create rich posts that include links, files, photos, and videos. These posts reach and engage followers and colleagues in Microsoft Viva Connections, Outlook, Teams, and Yammer. A feed of storyline posts from people you follow and recommended colleagues can be found in the new Storylines tab.
The Storylines tab in Viva Engage offers an AI-powered feed of storyline posts from your network.
You can also share stories - short videos or photos - that deliver a familiar, delightful way to catch up and stay connected with people you work with and interesting colleagues.
You can create or upload a story to share a quick update, capture an experience, celebrate a milestone, or amplify existing content.
Easily create and upload stories from web or mobile.
Stories land at the top of the storyline in a carousel. They also show up in popular Microsoft apps like Outlook, Teams, and Yammer for easy discoverability.
The new storyline experience with a collection of stories showing in the carousel.
Join the discussion from anywhere
Viva Engage brings your communities to your fingertips – wherever you are and however you work. Install and pin Viva Engage to see it in web, desktop, and mobile versions of Microsoft Teams and start sharing immediately.
Viva Engage is available within the Teams mobile apps for iOS and Android
Get ready for Viva Engage
Viva Engage is part of the Microsoft Viva suite for employee experience. Viva Engage will be available to all current Microsoft 365 commercial customers at no additional charge. Users must have a Yammer license to use the app. In late August, the Communities app for Teams will be rebranded Viva Engage. No action from admins is required. Also in late August, storyline will begin public preview.