Microsoft wants to make you a better team player by introducing ‘nudges’

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Microsoft Nudge

Prepare to be nudged…

Microsoft  announced a number of new tools for its MyAnalytics tool for Office 365 users today that are geared toward giving employees more data about how they work, as well as ways to improve how teams work together.

Microsoft is launching two new products: Workplace Analytics and MyAnalytics nudges. Office 365 will now nudge you to be a better team player. “Building better teams starts with transparent, data-driven dialog—but no one is perfect and sticking to good collaboration habits can be challenging in a fast-paced job,” said Microsoft’s Natalie McCullough and Noelle Beaujon.

In practice, Office 365 can now nudge you when you need more focus time as your calendar fills up, for example. MyAnalytics can also now nudge you to delegate meetings to a co-worker when your schedule is busy and tell you to avoid after-hours emails as you draft them to co-workers so they don’t have to work after hours, too.

With this new feature, Microsoft is also using some machine learning smarts, of course. MyAnalytics was already able to remind you of tasks you promised to co-workers over email, and now it’ll nudge you when you read new emails from those co-workers, too.

If you’re whole team needs some nudging, Microsoft will also allow the group to enroll in a change program and provide you with lots of data about how you are changing. And if that doesn’t work, you can always set up a few meetings to discuss what’s going wrong.

These new features will roll out this summer. Read more via a recent article by TechCrunch.