The Workplace Analytics team is excited to announce our feature updates for July 2020. (You can see past blog articles here). This month’s update covers our latest features:
The Workplace Analytics team has updated and relocated the Business continuity report that we released in May of this year. This report now appears in the Microsoft Productivity Score area of the M365 admin center. It is available to any M365 customer tenant that has at least 100 active M365 users. Microsoft admins can access the report and they can share it with their business leaders.
The Business continuity report can help leaders answer questions such as:
In addition, if you’re an admin or a senior leader, the Business continuity report helps you understand how Workplace Analytics can help you learn and do more. Selecting Take action on any of these reports opens a pane that describes both general best practices and the benefits of diving deeper into information that Workplace Analytics can provide. For example, the pane shown in the following screenshot gives more information about the question “Are employees able to create and share effectively while working remotely?”:
Workplace Analytics now offers a new organizational network analysis (ONA) query and two new accompanying metrics. Our first ONA query, a person query, lets analysts measure Influence, a score of how well connected you are in the company.
This new query, the ONA person-to-person query, lets you measure the strength of connections through the following new metrics:
Measuring the quality, or strength, of an employee’s connections can help improve organizational functioning in various ways. For example, a manager’s effectiveness can improve if the manager has high network strength. Such managers have tight connections with their direct reports, they tend to have strong peer connections, and they have the right kind of connections outside the team. Well-connected managers know how to point inquisitive employees to the right people in their network. This makes it more likely that these employees become star performers, which of course reflects positively on the manager.
As for non-managers, the most effective employees also excel in part because of strong and rich networks. When high performers have broader internal networks, it indicates that they have relationships across a more diverse set of people, which promotes system-level thinking and problem solving.
After you run the ONA person-to-person query, results appear in a .csv file, which you can open in Excel. They show the quality of the relationship between two specific (but de-identified) people. Each row shows the information for a pair of people between whom a tie exists, or existed, over the time period of the query.
In the query results, the first columns describe the initiator of the tie, the next columns describe the other participant in the tie, and the last columns give the results, in the form of the Strong ties and Diverse ties metrics. For example:
These metrics are presented as scores:
For complete information about running this query and interpreting its results, see ONA person-to-person queries.
Based on feedback from multiple customers, we are now increasing to ten the number of non-global partitions, each of which can contain 10,000 licensed users. This feature is available to customers who have a current engagement with Workplace Analytics Customer Solutions.
You might want to take advantage of this new feature if any of the following apply to your organization:
Note the following about this change:
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