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Microsoft Teams How to change your Background

How do I personalise my Teams Meeting background?

This was by far the most frequently asked question during training sessions I delivered in MS Teams training during NZ’s first lockdown. That and: ‘how do I set it so I can see more than 4 people’s video stream on my screen?’.

Perhaps driven from the shock of working from home and the real need to hide the mess of your life from the keen eyes of colleagues and clients, your background also reflects who you are and is an opportunity to express yourself without saying a thing.

And, as my trainee’s so eloquently put it: “you can change your background in Zoom”.

How to search in Microsoft Teams

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There’s lots of reasons to use Search in Teams.

Sometimes you’ll want to find something you (or someone else) posted, but you can’t remember where it is or what channel to go look for it. 

If you manage staff or a project team, you may want to check the recent activity of a specific team member.

Teams has a powerful search engine, and it’s easy to filter your search to hone in on the information you really need.

10 ways Microsoft Teams can improve performance reviews

Use Teams for performance reviews

Need to manage and track employee performance and KPI achievements?

Microsoft Teams is a great tool for managing projects that have a start and end date, but it also works well for managing ongoing work, and is super helpful for managing and tracking the achievement of goals – so it’s a perfect tool for employee performance reviews.

Whether you have regular 1-2-1s with your team, or 6 monthly/annual reviews, these best practice tips will work for you.

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What are the benefits of using Office 365 for Business?

Susan Carlow

What are the benefits of using Office 365 for Business?  

Office 365 is Microsoft’s cloud toolset. 

When you subscribe, you get access to Outlook and the original Office suite of Excel, Word and PowerPoint, along with an additional suite of new Microsoft apps 

All apps within the Office 365 suite are designed to work online anywhere, and on any device. 

So, whether you’re working from a PC on a desk at the office, a laptop on the train, an Apple iMac at home, or using your mobile phone, or any other touch device - if you’re connected to the internet, you can get to all your work stuff. 

In fact, even if you’re offline you can still get to your files when using Office 365’s Sync tool. 

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4 things I really love about SharePoint

Susan Carlow

There’s a ton of things I really like about SharePoint, as well as a couple of things I don’t like so much – but I want to share with you the things I’ve noticed that I use over and over, so here are the 4 coolest features in SharePoint Online that I would go so far as to say I really love. Insert googly love heart eyes emoji here.

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What’s the difference between a site and subsite in SharePoint?

Susan Carlow

I often get asked this question, although it’s usually framed more like this: “when should I set up a site instead of a subsite?” or “Isn’t everything a site, anyway?” or “why should I care whether my site is a subsite or not?”  The first thing to note is there is only one top level (root) site in SharePoint – that’s the Home site.
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The importance of fresh content on your SharePoint intranet

Susan CarlowThe old adage ‘content is king’ originated from an essay written by Bill Gates in 1996 and is specific to the content found on websites and company intranet pages.

Users rely on visual clues to confirm that they’re in the right place and viewing content that’s relevant to them.

If your intranet (or public website) has out of date logos, old photos or documents that reference a date from 4 years ago, users spot the old stuff and immediately assume that everything else on the site is also old, useless and out of date.

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Benefits of using Calendars in SharePoint

Susan CarlowI do a lot of demos of SharePoint and I often notice that it takes a wee while for people to understand the benefit of a team calendar.

Once they understand that calendars in SharePoint are for groups and teams, rather than the individual calendar you use in Outlook or your mail client, there’s an ‘aha moment’ as they grasp just how much business information can be shared and communicated using a team calendar.

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