Work out loud on Yammer—7-day challenge

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Join us and millions of teams during International Working Out Loud Week, November 7–13, by creating a space for your team to work out loud on Yammer! Here’s how working out loud on Yammer can help your team:

  • You and your teammates become more aligned with what matters—People start to reveal their assumptions, ask questions and share ideas.
  • You get more work done—You won’t feel overwhelmed by too many status meetings.
  • You’ll make better decisions, faster—Your team will spend less time deliberating.

As part of Office 365, Yammer helps your team get work done. Did you know that your team can create and edit documents, Excel sheets and presentations right from a Yammer group? This means keeping all your messages, files and updates in one place, where everyone can see what’s going on without the usual back-and-forth. Also, Yammer makes it easy for everyone to read the conversations that are relevant to them and skip what’s not.

Here are a few more tips to have a go at successfully working out loud on Yammer:

  • Create a Yammer group—Feel free to make it private! Your teammates will feel more comfortable working out loud if they know who’s reading their messages.
  • Share early. Share oftenThat includes updates, files and questions about your projects. Don’t wait until that deck, doc or mockup feels “done” to get feedback.
  • Start a discussionAvoid slowing your team’s progress by sending long monologues via email. Talk about each other’s updates on Yammer.
  • Tsk-tsk, no cheatingWhenever you think about sending an email, post a message to the Yammer group instead.
  • Celebrate your teammates—“Like” your teammates’ messages and give them “praise” for solving problems or completing tasks.

That’s it. You can kick off November 7 on Yammer by sharing and printing the infographic below. Let us know how it goes! #WOL #Yammer #wolweek

  1. Interesting challenge. I challenge you to provide the empirical evidence that the five purported benefits listed above accrue.

    • I can hands down attest to the following:
      1. fewer emails
      2. more active discussions
      3. fewer mistaken assumptions

      It’s amazing how people who may not speak up in group team meetings feel comfortable sharing their 2 cents in a Yammer conversation.

      I look forward to quantifiable data as well, to back up the qualitative feedback we get from our team.

  2. Regarding David’s challenge, I was wondering if the Yammer Team will be collecting data from the participants at some stage? If so, any KPIs we should be aware of whilst we conduct this experiment? : )

    • Good question, Ken—and good to see that Karin also has questions. I am puzzled that we don’t get timely responses since that is one of the claims made for the value of Yammer!:)

  3. Two questions:
    1. I keep getting a message that I need to run “Silverlight” when I go into Yammer to communicate. Is this approved by Pfizer for me to perform this request?
    2. Can external partners be invited into Yammer if they don’t have a Pfizer email address?

  4. can external partners be added to a group (those without a Pfizer address)?

    • Yes, Karin. You can add people from outside your network to a conversation. Or you can set up external groups and invite external people to those groups if you want them to see all conversations vs. the single conversation thread you add them to. It’s all very visual so its very clear when someone external can see what is being said.

  5. I love this challenge! We created a new public group for our team so that we can share how we work out loud with others who want to see the power of enterprise social media (Business Productivity WOL). Please feel free to join!

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