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Apps for Building Virtual Team Culture from Cloud Cover IT is a Microsoft Teams app for assessing and improving team morale.

This entry is part 6 of 3 in the series Managing Virtual Teams

The headline challenge for virtual teams is maintaining employee morale, as working remotely can easily lead to isolation and a sense of disconnectedness.

Working together physically in the office brings many benefits, most notably this sense of social inclusion, and the knowledge sharing and collaboration that arises naturally from ‘water cooler networking’.

In this era of remote, virtual working this is a critically important dimension for organizations to address, as employees can often experience a sense of isolation and from this mental health issues.

Therefore one of the primary objectives of a Digital Workspace solution is the use of technology in innovative ways to address these challenges and replicate the social knowledge interactions.

Digital transformation guru Dion Hinchcliffe believes they are critical to enabling successful virtual working, essential to building the modern digital workplace and employee experience.

“The place where employees carry out their work online, often referred to as digital workspaces, represent an evolution that’s gone from simple company portals—which provide access to productivity tools, human resources, financial information—to a central hub for the essential aspects of employee engagement. Digital workspaces enable people to connect with the colleagues, content and business applications they need in order to get their jobs done.”

Microsoft Teams

In this video Microsoft describes three apps for building team culture in Microsoft Teams, to achieve these objectives.

Margie from the Microsoft Teams team walks through these three apps you can use right in Teams: 1) Praise, which lets you send praise to your coworkers one-on-one or in a group, 2) Whiteboard, which offers games templates like “Two truths and lie” or “Where in the world?” and 3) Games for Work, which lets you play games like Icebreakers, Wordament, and more.

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