Recently, Microsoft announced that the ability to use a custom background when on a Teams video call. This was a nice upgrade from the background blur feature that allowed you to blur out the guest bed or your kids pouring a bowl of cereal in the background. But, the 24 options Microsoft has given us are simply not enough. We want to create our OWN custom backgrounds!Read More
Office 365 comes loaded with useful apps – here are five you may be overlooking.
For many users of Office 365, familiar applications like Outlook, Office and Excel are the extent to which the powerful suite of tools is leveraged. Sharp-eyed users may have spotted other applications with names like Yammer, WhiteBoard and Visio. It turns out that, depending on your Office 365 subscription, you may have access to a host of wildly useful apps that you may have never even opened.Read More
Thinking about moving to SharePoint Online? Here’s some governance tips to consider when making the switch.
With change and instability serving temporarily as our procedures du jour and employees flung far and wide, now may be the ideal time to start considering a migration to SharePoint Online. It’s a big step that requires a lot of planning to get the maximum benefit. But if/when you do start down this path, perhaps the most critical component to ensure long-term success is governance planning.Read More
As our workplace is forcibly altered, here’s what you can expect once we come through this crisis
At Kiefer Consulting, one of our primary practice areas is helping people shepherd their organizations toward adopting a modern workplace. Our modern workplace consulting practice develops and deploys innovative solutions that improve how your organization communicates and shares information both internally and externally.Read More
The Modern Workplace is undergoing a big test. Here’s some advice on how to make sure your meetings earn a passing grade.
Thrust into an unusual – and for some, unprecedented – working environment, everyone with the good fortune to still be employed is doing their best to replicate the familiar tropes of office life in a remote setting. Chief among those endeavors is almost certainly conducting virtual meetings.Read More
Microsoft Teams is a great option for keeping your staff informed, updated and upbeat
We’re in this together. It’s undeniable that collectively we’re confronting a crisis, but it can be difficult to feel like we’re together when so many of us have been suddenly displaced from the comforts of our offices.Read More
If you’re reading this there is a high likelihood that you’re doing so in an unfamiliar environment. Our comfortable workplaces have been upended by global events and your organization may be experiencing chaos, uncertainty and disconnectedness. While Office 365 offers an array of apps to help us bridge some of the gaps we’re now confronted with, there’s one in particular that we think deserves your attention – Microsoft Planner. This article will help set the wheels in motion and help you leverage the oft overlooked application that many organizations may not even realize has been included in their Office 365 subscription.Read More
While many of you have looked to our blog for tips, expert perspectives and best practices, this blog will focus more on Kiefer’s second full week of remote work. Before COVID-19, studies indicated that remote work was on the rise in the US. According to the Federal Reserve, the share of the labor force that works from home tripled in the past 15 years. But, it’s very clear that we would have never expected to be thrust into working from home, exclusively, with so little warning.Read More
Lately, Kiefer has had several conversations with clients that are requesting help to quickly and efficiently deploy Microsoft Teams to enable their remote workforce. With remote work becoming the new standard we at Kiefer Consulting are ready to help you get your organization up and running!Read More