Build connections in Microsoft Teams with Games for Work, a new Microsoft Teams app| Microsoft 365 Blog

Construct connections in Microsoft Groups with Video games for Work, a brand new Microsoft Groups app| Microsoft 365 Weblog

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Join along with your coworkers by means of play? Sure, please.

Individuals in all places are struggling to construct belief, create connections, and enhance staff morale. Why not play video games to assist? Taking part in video games with coworkers has a robust potential to foster relationships and collaboration. Though some might contemplate video games at work a distraction, the advantages are plentiful. The truth is, in line with a research by Brigham Younger College, groups who performed brief video video games collectively had been 20 p.c extra productive than those that participated in additional conventional team-building actions.1

Video games for Work app

Deliver your staff collectively by means of Microsoft Groups.

With the transfer to distant and hybrid work, our social capital has weakened, impacting cross-group collaboration and worker retention.2 The truth is, over 40 p.c of leaders contemplate constructing relationships to be the best problem in hybrid or distant environments, in line with the Work Pattern Index.3 Video games may be a simple strategy to join and construct belief with our teammates. Together with our morning caffeine, typically we want a mind teaser or some pleasant competitors to get relationships going, infuse levity into our workday, and construct a way of neighborhood.

Construct work connections by means of play

Right now, I’m excited to introduce the Video games for Work app,* developed by Microsoft Informal Video games, an Xbox Video games Studio.** Now, you may simply add a sport within the context of the place work occurs: in Microsoft Groups conferences. Select from a number of favourite informal video games together with Microsoft IceBreakers, Wordament, Minesweeper, and Solitaire—all straightforward to play in fast, interactive, and multi-player variations (from 2 to 250 gamers). They’re secure for work (verifiably “E” rated) and ad-free. To handle the assorted wants of groups, every sport inside the app emphasizes a unique ingredient of staff constructing.

Over 3 billion folks around the globe play video games, serving an important function in bringing folks collectively – particularly throughout these previous couple of years,” mentioned Jill Braff, Common Supervisor of Integrations and Informal Video games, Microsoft. “Video games promote creativity, collaboration and communication in highly effective and distinctive methods, and we are able to’t wait to see the how the Video games for Work app on Microsoft Groups conjures up productiveness and helps foster connections within the office.”

Games for Work app includes a variety of games to encourage fun collaboration in meetings including Solitaire, Wordament, Minesweeper, and IceBreakers.

Microsoft IceBreakers

Encourage new groups to speak and study one another with ease. It’s a variation on this or that—pineapple or pepperoni in your pizza? It’s so easy and intuitive, you may’t assist however reply the query. It will possibly additionally spur full of life and, at occasions, passionate dialog to foster connections and construct staff morale.

Microsoft Minesweeper

Essentially the most cooperative sport of the bunch. This sport encourages people to come back collectively to unravel issues and attain goals shortly. Does this sound like one thing your staff may use?

Minesweeper group play in Teams for Games for Work app.

Microsoft Wordament

Train your mind and create some wholesome staff competitors over a phrase problem. Wordament simply accommodates massive teams, designed to play with as much as 250 members.

Microsoft Solitaire Assortment

And fan favourite Microsoft Solitaire Assortment supplies a head-to-head competitors encouraging group participation. This may sound like an oxymoron—the multi-player functionality and enhanced spectator mode permits everybody, whether or not actively taking part in that spherical or not, to observe the motion and have interaction with the gamers on-screen. It’s like calling out the solutions whereas watching a sport present or helping a pal with a phrase puzzle.

The Video games for Work app integrates straight into the stream of the workday—as soon as the app is added, you and your co-workers can seamlessly benefit from the expertise inside Groups conferences, on desktop and cellular. With the protection and safety of Microsoft, you may entry all 4 video games without spending a dime right now.  

Games for Work mobile lobby start screen.

Discover different social apps in Groups

Along with the Video games for Work app, there are extra apps in Groups to assist strengthen your staff’s relationships, increase productiveness, and, after all, have enjoyable!

  • Polly in Groups: Run reside polls, surveys, quizzes, trivia, and Q&A for an instantaneous, reside engagement. Get arms raised, minds activated, and inventive juices flowing. Put your staff comfortable and encourage candid responses and full of life dialog. Polly can be utilized in a Groups chat, assembly, or channel. Watch How you can use Polly in Microsoft Groups to study extra.
  • Kahoot! in Groups: Launch a reside sport to carry folks collectively and facilitate staff studying. For these colleagues that may’t be a part of a reside sport or are on the go, assign a problem that’s self-paced, with questions and solutions displayed on gamers’ units. You may even observe progress with a leaderboard for some pleasant competitors. Kahoot! can be utilized in a Groups chat or channel.

You may anticipate extra apps powered by our ecosystem of companions to come back within the subsequent calendar 12 months.

Study extra

Take a look at the brand new Video games for Work app designed to carry folks collectively in Microsoft Groups conferences by sparking dialog, creativity, and neighborhood by means of play. Please ship us your suggestions—these video games will proceed to evolve, and we’ll add new video games based mostly in your suggestions.

*Obtainable for Microsoft Groups Enterprise and Schooling prospects solely; if not accessible in your Groups app, attain out to your IT admin for help.

**Video games for Work is a pilot app and its efficiency in addition to suggestions from customers will affect the informal sport roadmap in Microsoft Groups; the present Microsoft Groups gaming coverage is unchanged till we full the pilot.  

1Research: Collaborative video video games may improve workplace productiveness, Todd Hollingshead, Brigham Younger College. January 28, 2019.

24 methods to rebuild your staff’s social capital, Nicole Herskowitz, LinkedIn. Could 20, 22.

3Hybrid Work Is Simply Work. Are We Doing It Improper? Work Pattern Index Particular Report, Microsoft. September 22, 2022.

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