There’s No “I” in Teams!

Implementing Microsoft Teams is one of those things that can be easy to screw up and a pain in the hinny to fix. The tool’s abilities are deep and wide, and its effects on your organization can be substantial. Hence, it is crucial to take the time to plan for your implementation before you begin correctly.

A big mistake that we see people make when they start a Teams implementation is trying to do it all by themselves. To successfully implement Microsoft Teams, you will need to include other management team members, seasoned employees, and your IT department. First Call also strongly recommends that you enlist the help of a Microsoft partner in this process. Organizations who try to deploy Microsoft Teams without including others tend to be met with resistance, frustration, and overall fail in their organizational adoption of the tool.

Here are our top three reasons why you shouldn’t implement Teams alone.

1. Microsoft Teams features and abilities are deep and wide 

 

To call Microsoft Teams “robust” is an understatement. The application combines instant messaging, discussion boards, web-based meetings, calling, file sharing, and more in one platform. Organizations choosing to implement Teams not only need to decide which features they want to start utilizing; they also need to determine how they want each of those features to function for their business. These tasks can quickly become overwhelming if you don’t have the right people involved while planning your implementation. Including others in your implementation will help you account for all the ways your organization can benefit from Microsoft Teams and avoid missing important details in the process. 

 

For more information about all that Microsoft Teams can offer your organization, check out our blogWhat Is Microsoft Teamsor visit the Microsoft website.  

2. It will change how you work

While you do not have to utilize all the features Microsoft Teams offers, choosing to implement just a few will result in significant changes to your organization’s daily work habits. By having discussions about these changes with other managers and seasoned employees, you will be able to identify which components make sense for you to implement.

Including other managers employees in your planning is also a great way to help you decide the best way to introduce Microsoft Teams to the rest of your staff. You will find that some of your employees are great with change and actively embrace learning a new way, while others struggle with adoption and become frustrated and resistant. By identifying those you anticipate will have a more challenging time accepting the new tool, you will be able to proactively plan for their training and increase your chances of a successful implementation.

3. Starting is easy to screw up

Microsoft Teams is unique in that it strives to give a great deal of power to its users. Out of the box, every Teams user can create their own private discussion boards and document management sites, chat and call with other Teams users who are not members of your organization, and create document or file share links that may be passed and accessed by anyone else in the world! If you know what you’re doing, then you can customize Microsoft Teams to disallow some or all of these features. When making customizations, it is critical to work with your IT department and a Microsoft partner when implementing teams. With the right group of qualified individuals in the room, you can have an educated discussion about how you want Microsoft Teams to function for your users and get started on the right foot.

Deciding to implement Microsoft Teams in your organization is the first step towards modernizing your business and enabling your employees to work more efficiently than ever. When implemented correctly, Microsoft Teams has the power to streamline the communication and collaboration of any organization while also creating an engaging and inclusive working environment. However, if implemented incorrectly, Microsoft Teams can cause a great deal of unnecessary confusion and frustrations for you and your staff.

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