Every CEO wants their staff to be productive and efficient, and, based on a 2017 Forrester report, finding ways to increase productivity and efficiency is a CEO’s number one priority. With ideally only eight hours spent in the office, it is sometimes puzzling how time slips from our hands without knowing where it went.

What if you had an insight into what your staff have spent most of their time on, allowing you to devise a way to improve their productivity? Now you can with Microsoft Workplace Analytics!

In a recent announcement from Microsoft, it has made Workplace Analytics generally available for Office 365 Enterprise Plans. It is an add-on tool designed to identify trends and patterns to provide powerful insights into how your employees collaborate and spend their time. It provides insights on email and calendar metadata, including to/from data, subject lines and timestamps that organisations can use to solve productivity and efficiency challenges. With built-in privacy and compliance capabilities, Workplace Analytics only uses aggregated and de-identified metadata. This means you own your Office 365 data and you can decide how to apply it to solve your toughest business productivity issues.

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You can use the data from Workplace Analytics to gain insight on scenarios such as how to improve sales productivity, inspire cultural change or drive employee engagement.

#01 Improve sales productivity

Top sales performers have behavioral patterns that make them good at what they do. With Workplace Analytics, managers can use it to identify how they work, how much time they spend with customers, travel time associated with meetings, and their internal effort. This can then be used as a basis for everyone to follow their lead.

#02 Inspire cultural change

The behavior of managers is crucial to determining employee engagement and retention. 1:1 manager time, the level of leadership given to employees and the degree to which work can be distributed evenly across the organisation can now be measured through Workplace Analytics. Use your own data to bring about cultural change related to how you keep your talent.

#03 Drive employee engagement

Keeping your employees stretched out to the limits of their bandwidth every single day is a sure fire way to lose them. Using Workplace Analytics, companies can assess employee time usage, including time spent after-hours working on tasks or projects. This would allow them to decide what needs to change to keep their teams from overworking or spending too much time in meetings which can hamper their productivity. It will help identify if employees are reaching their break point so companies can take corrective measures to fix the issue.


Learn more how you can make Workplace Analytics work for you

Workplace Analytics is one of the many Office 365 add-ons that can help your organisation boost workplace productivity. If you want to understand this more, contact your Professional Advantage Account Manager to schedule a consultation with us.

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