“Why does my business need Yammer?”, it’s a question we get asked a lot at Greendata along with “Where did they come up with that name?”. So we thought we better let you know what Yammer does and how it can help you and your business.
Yammer was an instant success when it was launched in 2008 because of its unique concept – a social networking platform that works within business only. By the end of 2010, Yammer was used by 80% of Fortune 500 companies.
Overall, within 2 years of its launch, Yammer was used by more than 80 thousand businesses of all different sizes, from small through to large corporations. It was often described as “Facebook for the Enterprise”.
In 2012, Yammer was bought by Microsoft for $1.2 billion and then integrated within the Office 365 suite. The social networking service that was designed for private communication within an organisation was initially popular amongst only large enterprises. But after the integration with the Office 365 suite, it became equally effective and accessible for small and medium businesses as well.
Why Yammer makes Perfect Sense for your Business?
With Yammer, your employees can work out loud, share ideas, connect with other people and get things done a lot faster. Yammer provides a more effective way to connect people within your company in a fun way, after all, it is a social networking service.
But it achieves much more than what a traditional social networking platform can do, if it is integrated well, with the other Office 365 services and tools.
This is where Greendata comes in for you. We help businesses make the most out of Yammer by integrating it with your other services and tools within the Office 365.
According to a survey conducted by Microsoft that included 10 thousand Yammer users, the majority of the participants claimed that they can collaborate and engage with other employees within the business with ease using Yammer.
More than 69% of the users also claimed that Yammer saves time for them, while 67% said that it helped their new employees learn and adapt to the business’s policies and work environment faster. The survey has one major finding – for most of the businesses, the social networking service saved them both time and money. Who doesn’t need more of that in their business?
More than 85% of Yammer users claimed their company finds Yammer beneficial
This is exactly why your business needs Yammer, no matter if you have a small or large team.
Listed below are few benefits on how Yammer can help your business.
Improves Communication within your Company
There was a time when people had no idea what was going on around them in the office, but not anymore. If you have Yammer for your business, you have opened up an entirely new, modern, and more effective communication channel for all of your employees.
Yammer is a far better option than traditional communication channels like email and meetings. Yammer offers real time and spontaneous discussions that will keep your teams connected.
This also helps team member stay up-to-date with all the recent happenings, business priorities, and projects. Just like Facebook, all team members and employees can have access to the feed, which streamlines the communication.
Streamlined and effective communication within a company always results in increased productivity of individual employees and teams.
Yammer allows team members to collaborate and engage effectively that creates a fast paced work environment. There is no more wasting time in finding relevant information and contacting individuals for information. With the time saved on communication, employees can invest more time on other more productive tasks.
Previously, employees have to look into knowledge database to find answers but now, they can simply ask the question from a relevant person and get an instant answer. For example, you don’t have to search for a solution for an IT issue, you can simply contact someone from IT department on Yammer and get a quick answer.
This way, people can have relevant answers given to them in shorter time frames from the people in the business with the knowledge. Even if companies have knowledge databases, most of the time, these fail to answer questions of employees and usually only cover general and common questions. But with Yammer, employees can have their questions answered in a quick timeframe so they can complete their tasks.
Speeds Up Learning for New Hires
For new employees, Yammer speeds up the learning process by connecting them easily to old employees. They can then understand the company’s culture, work ethics, process, priorities, projects and other team members with much more ease and speed with this input and flow of answers from a seasoned veteran in your company.
This helps new hires to reach their full productivity potential in less time and can save your business time and money.
Yammer encourages communication between employees and team members that help with relationship building. With better and close connections with one another, team projects are sure to become more successful.
Similarly, Yammer promotes employee engagement which has a major impact on bottom line. The more engaged employees are within a business; studies show the more productive they are. Yammer provides all employees a voice and opportunity to share ideas, this in turn can significantly help decrease your employee turnover rate.
Is Yammer a Good Fit for Small and Medium Businesses?
Yammer comes with a lot of features of its own, so you can customise its use according to the unique needs of your business and team. This is exactly what we do here at Greendata, we make tools like Yammer work best for your business’s individual requirements.
For example, you create Groups if you want to filter out information. With Yammer, there is no need for internal emails or chat tools. With polls, Yammer also allows you to get quick employee feedback about an idea, new business strategy, and even new products or service’s.
Yammer also allows creating a quick knowledge base by organising your resources. An effective knowledge base is important for small and medium businesses as well as you can utilise it when needed, easily.
Yammer works very well for small and medium business that are also using the Office 365 suite. No matter if your team is small or large, if well integrated and personalised according to your business requirements, it can increase your business productivity and help you save time and cost.
Just keep one thing in mind. All these smart tools like Yammer packed within Office 365 work best if they are well integrated and personalised according to your business needs. Office 365 is not a one-size-fits-all tool. It allows you to personalize all its features to achieve a desired outcome.
Do you want to Know or Learn more about Yammer?
Well this is the easy part if you have been asking your self, “Why does my business need Yammer?”.
If you need help with your Office 365 Integration or to make tools like Yammer more personalised for your business, feel free to connect with here at Greendata. We are always available to help you and your business achieve more in a shorter time frame.
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