Are you currently scratching your head wondering what Yammer is or what it’s useful for? You’re not alone. Yammer is the latest addition to the Office 365 stack. It’s currently available to all Office 365 Enterprise customers, as well as, a stand-alone paid or free online service.
But what is it? And more importantly why should you use it?
Yammer is a puzzling solution to a business problem few companies have realized exist. It gives users the ability to work out loud, collaborate across departments, and metaphorically break down walls. It’s a frightening endeavor that can scare some employers initially but ultimately leads to a rewarding end. It also provides a real solution to business pitfalls that are usually fixed with a Band-Aid.
It’s a social media platform for business that enables companies to monitor internal engagement, reward innovation, and improve business functions. It creates a space for collaboration across divisions, enables employees to share anecdotes, and work to benefit the company as a whole.
So why would you need Yammer?
- Are your employees currently leaving your company more often than in the past?
- Is morale low?
- Have you been unable to collaborate across multiple departments?
- Are you unable to see what your employees are doing on a daily basis?
If you answered yes to any of the above questions, Yammer may be a solution for your employees’ lack of engagement.
Yammer empowers your employees to be socially engaged. A Gallup study reports that businesses see 21% higher productivity and up to 65% less turnover when employees are engaged . This can lead to higher sales, a better work environment, and saving money on turn over costs.
Activating Yammer through Office365 couldn’t be easier. If you currently have Office 365, all you have to do is Activate Yammer Enterprise from the Office365 Dashboard. For existing customers of Office365, users have already been provided Yammer Enterprise licenses.
You’ll need to log-in using a Global Administrator for Office 365, navigate to “Included services” and select “Yes, activate Yammer Enterprise for my network.”
If you don’t currently have Office 365, don’t fret Yammer has a free version available for trying the service out. You can obtain a free company social network by going to https://www.yammer.com and entering your business email address in the “Sign up!” field.
You’ll be sent an email that will require you to complete sign-up and verify that you’re in the organization connected to the email address. This will not work for users that are currently using free email services (Outlook, Gmail, Yahoo, etc.) due to limitations with restricting access.
If your organization requires the ability to monitor content, moderate users, or review analytics, you will want to upgrade to the Enterprise version of Yammer. The Enterprise version gives administrators more control of managing the individual Yammer community.
For additional information on Yammer and the upcoming product releases, including Office 365 & Yammer Single-Sign on, see success.yammer.com.