Microsoft Viva – a new employee experience platform

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Singapore: Microsoft Viva is a new Microsoft’s employee experience platform for a remote workforce. It offers tools for employee engagement, learning, wellbeing and knowledge discovery, directly into the flow of people’s work.

Microsoft Viva is designed to help employees learn, grow and thrive, with new experiences that integrate with the productivity and collaboration capabilities in Microsoft 365 and Microsoft Teams.

“We have participated in the largest at-scale remote work experiment the world has seen, and it has had a dramatic impact on the employee experience,” said Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft.

“Every organisation will require a unified employee experience from onboarding and collaboration to continuous learning and growth. Viva brings together everything an employee needs to be successful, from day one, in a single, integrated experience directly in Teams,” added Nadella.

The shift to an increasingly distributed and digital work environment has grown demand for solutions that support corporate culture, knowledge discovery, on-the-job learning and employee wellbeing.

Analysts size the nascent Employee Experience Platforms (EXP) category at $300 billion in annual spend. It spans across a fragmented market of services, infrastructure and hundreds of tools. Many of them go undiscovered and underutilised by employees at the companies that have invested in them.

“As the world of work changes, the next horizon of innovation will come from a focus on creativity, engagement and wellbeing so organisations can build cultures of resilience and ingenuity,” said Jared Spataro, Corporate VP – Microsoft 365.

“Our vision is to deliver a platform for the employee experience that helps organisations create a thriving culture with engaged employees and inspiring leaders,” added Spataro.

Microsoft Viva builds on Teams and Microsoft 365 to unify the employee experience across four key areas — Engagement, Wellbeing, Learning and Knowledge — in an integrated experience that empowers people to be their best.

Today, Microsoft is announcing an initial set of modules – Viva Connections, Viva Insights, Viva Learning and Viva Topics. It will provide built-in capabilities, integrations from a strong and growing ecosystem of Viva partners.

And platform extensibility will enable customers to integrate their existing employee experience systems and tools with Viva to make them more accessible and discoverable to employees.

“Microsoft Viva is a groundbreaking Employee Experience Platform. It is ushering in a new enterprise software category that focuses entirely on the daily needs of employees at work,” said Josh Bersin, Research Analyst and noted expert on employee experience technology.

“Viva will enable companies to integrate their fragmented workplace tools and provide them in the flow of work,” added Bersin.

Accenture, Avanade, PwC and EY are among the services partners that will provide consulting and advisory services to customers.

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