Countless small to midsize businesses and even enterprise corporations everywhere have been in the process of migrating to Office 365 for a few years now. It's a wildly effective and popular productivity tool that emphasizes seamless collaboration.
- 100 million commercial Office 365 users
- 70% of Fortune 500 companies have purchased Office 365 in the last 12 months.
The implementation of Office 365 is only the first step. A well laid out plan to ensure adoption is required to realize the full advantages of the powerful features. If your employees aren't buying in to Office 365, specific applications, or the change in collaboration and communication methods the way you would like, consider the following three tips to guide your employees toward increased productivity with this powerful collaboration tool.
- Practice What You Preach – If you're expecting subordinates to fully buy in to Office 365, then leadership needs to start by leading by example. Promote full usage of the application in conversations around the office, through one on one check-ins, and team meetings as well. Also, it's crucial to get people seen as "power users" to buy in. Once you get these people who lead technical projects and are seen as digital gurus of sorts to spread the word about the potential within the product, it's only a matter of time before others will follow.
- Educate and Empower – Having some initial training sessions for employees as an option to educate and empower themselves is a good place to start gaining acceptance. Creating quick videos and online tutorials to be available at all times is even better. Many people like to learn tools by immersing themselves in the application, while learning as they go. When they have a question about how to do something, they like to be able to watch a quick video or view a PowerPoint about how to accomplish their goal.
- Integrate Skype – Encourage employees to use Skype for Business to conduct video conferencing, instant message, and more while making edits in real time to documents through Office 365. By incorporating a tool that users are already comfortable with, you are more likely to get users to want to give a new software tool a try.
CallTower believes in a 3-phase change management approach. Phase I and Phase II are prior to implementing the tools and Phase III is the release. We have proven results and a track record of success utilizing this approach.
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