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Unexpected changes to schedule easier to manage with digital tools

We recently posted about Snow Days not being what they used to be, and now that the 'Beast from The East' has hit large parts of the country, we are again faced with schools up and down the country closed for the day.
Not to go over old ground, but we again find ourselves using tools such as Google Drive, Drive File Stream, and various video conferencing platforms to be able to access our files and communicate with team members. Whilst face-to-face contact is largely off the agenda, it doesn't necessarily mean that admin and planning are out of reach.

We have recently started using Microsoft Teams for much of our team communication and it is proving rather useful. We will blog more at a later date on the whys and wherefores of Teams itself, but let's just say that today is a day where it has come into its own:

We were due to have a team meeting in person at HQ, but most team members were affected by the snow and unable to travel. A few quick clicks later in Microsoft Teams and we had a new channel set up for remote discussions during today's meeting, Google Drive files shared within the channel and most importantly, a video call set up within Teams itself - and it is remarkably slick. We have always been fans of Appear.In for fast effective video calling but the ability to schedule and house a video conference meeting within a Team channel is excellent. So within minutes, we had access to all of our files, a discussion space, had video conferencing up and running, could still work through our agenda - and most importantly, suffered from no loss of productivity.
An additional bonus with Teams is that you can integrate other apps within your team channel, so our already established Trello board could also be accessed without leaving our Team channel.
The only downside being the 5 minute scrabble to ensure my home office was tidy enough to be seen on a video conference!

It's early days, but I can't help but feel that Teams might just be what we have been looking for without any additional cost.
Look out for a more in-depth review of Microsoft Teams coming soon, or you can take a virtual tour here. Interested in Teams for your team? Get in touch to find out more!

Now where did I put that hot water bottle....

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