Microsoft Launches Workplace Analytics Tool

Microsoft Launches Workplace Analytics Tool

Last week, Microsoft announced that its Workplace Analytics product was now generally available as an add-on to Office 365 enterprise plans. The program “taps into Office 365 email and calendar metadata, including to/from data, subject lines and timestamps, to shine a light on how the organization collaborates and spends time.” TechCrunch’s Ron Miller takes a closer look:

Microsoft is providing an overview dashboard inside Workplace Analytics and 4 standard views of organizational productivity including Week in the life, which looks at how the entire company spends time and collaborates; Meetings, which looks at the quantity and quality of time spent in meetings; Management and coaching, which measures how much one-on-one time employees are spending with their managers and Networks and collaboration, which looks at how employees are connecting across the company.

You may be thinking if it can look at positive behaviors and productive employees, it could also be used conversely to identify employees who are being less productive, but [Alym Rayani, director for Office 365,] says throughout the private beta, not one company was using it to call out employees.

Instead he said it was about looking at output versus behaviors and finding ways to improve the outcomes. For example, managers could look at the activities of top performers and learn how those people spent their day, then use that data to teach other employees to use those techniques to improve productivity