Enable Your People

People are a cornerstone of a company’s success. Without their passion, inspiration and ingenuity companies simply would not exist. 

Today we find our people physically distanced and needing to connect through technology. Unfortunately, remote working practices are typically designed to accommodate less than 5% of the workforce.

Organisations have found ways to enable their people to connect remotely to business systems, processes and infrastructure. Some are doing well, keeping their people connected, confident and enabled. Most are not.

Enable Your People is about how to create an environment where your most prized assets, your people, can continue to thrive.

Webinar recordings

Taming the feral Teams

Almost overnight, organisations have had to learn how to work remotely – and collaborate effectively – often by the most expedient means possible. The good news is that the flexible, remote working practices and tools that always seemed like a good idea in principle, have now been tested under extreme conditions and, in many cases, have been proven to be highly effective. It's essential that we balance that flexibility and immediacy with governance and management.

Watch the recording (and download the slides) to hear from Anthony Martino, IT Operations Manager at flybuys (Australia), on how they plan to balance user empowerment with effective governance and management. We look at practical approaches available to all customers, to continue realising the benefits of flexible working in a secure, streamlined and controlled manner.

Working Remotely with Microsoft Technologies

Keeping with the #ReimagineWork theme, we ran the "Working Remotely with Microsoft Technologies" webinar - conducted with Microsoft Teams live event - where we discussed covering remote working with Microsoft Azure Windows Virtual Desktop and communication with Microsoft Teams.

Watch the recording (and download the slides) to see how you can use Microsoft Azure technology to create and deploy Windows desktop images that run on the cloud, accessible from web browsers, Windows and MacOS clients as well as Android and iOS apps, giving your employees access to the same tools they would normally have through your physical desktop deployments.

Insights

Taming feral Teams: how to get the most out of Microsoft Teams

Taming feral Teams: how to get the most out of Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams has proven itself as an effective tool for collaboration no matter where your employees are based. However, out of the box functionality only goes so far, and the real power of the platform comes alive when you tame your teams and make it your own.

Drinking our own champagne, building the aeroplane while we’re flying it and reimagining work: Part 1

Drinking our own champagne, building the aeroplane while we’re flying it and reimagining work: Part 1

Like every single organisation on the planet we were fundamentally impacted by the global novel coronavirus pandemic. A couple of weeks into the lockdown, we recognised that whilst we’d almost painlessly stepped from having nearly 1000 people across our New Zealand, Australian and Seattle offices working physically from our ten offices, to having all those people working from their office at home, something was missing.

Challenges and opportunities: changing the customer conversation

Challenges and opportunities: changing the customer conversation

In our new world relationships with customers and partners are more important than ever. So how do we overcome obstacles and build a resilient and reputable brand? Stuart Strickland, GM of Customer Enablement at Empired, considers this question from both an external and internal point of view.

Returning, Reimagining: Looking to the horizons ahead of us and the opportunities to be found in reimagining work

Returning, Reimagining: Looking to the horizons ahead of us and the opportunities to be found in reimagining work

In the space of just a couple of months, the world and how we operate within it looks very different. Right now we all find ourselves focusing on what the concept of returning looks like… whether it’s returning to an office-based working environment or, more broadly, what returning to a semblance of normality (or new normality) might look like for us all.

Taming the feral Teams: the secret to digital enablement

Taming the feral Teams: the secret to digital enablement

Nationwide lockdowns have resulted in businesses shifting operations online with very short notice. Working across a range of verticals, with customers that have varying needs and pain points, one theme remains consistent. Digital change and enablement can be more accessible than you may realise, and to start simple and continuously evolve can be a smart and powerful approach.

Welcome to the new weird

Welcome to the new weird

What we are all going through isn’t normal; it isn’t even the new normal yet. It’s the new weird. It’s like the strange orange light that Australia and even New Zealand recently experienced due to the major forest fires. The objects are the same but cast in a strange new light.

Our Guide to Working Remotely – an ever-evolving tool to support our people

Our Guide to Working Remotely – an ever-evolving tool to support our people

Over the past few months, our People Experience team has worked closely with our people and leaders to create a guide to help us to work from home, stay healthy, engaged and supported. While this guide was created as an internal document, we wanted to share it with you here. We hope there is something in there that you find helpful for your organisation and your people.

Working remotely: the human view

Working remotely: the human view

In these incredibly challenging times we need to look after each other and make sure that we remain connected; not just technically but emotionally. Here are six tips on how to make things easier for your team.

Teams rapid enablement: moving to a single source of truth

Teams rapid enablement: moving to a single source of truth

Continuing from "Things you can do right now to enable remote working", this blog explores the the importance of having a single source of truth, enabling business process and managing change in more detail and explain how these are related to business problems you may be experiencing today and offer some ideas as to what you could do to about them.

Things you can do right now to enable remote working

Things you can do right now to enable remote working

The impact of COVID-19 is causing many organisations to consider how to work remotely. In this blog, we offer advice and practical, rapid assistance to help enable your organisation to maintain business continuity, productivity and connectivity, wherever you and your teams may be.

Tools

Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams Health Check

Companies across the world are reassessing how their people work. The ability to get them connected remotely and functioning is now a priority for every business. Companies who did not have a Teams Digital Workplace quickly implemented one. Those that did watched how it performed under increased demand.

As we move into the new norm it is time to take stock. The Teams Health Check is an opportunity to understand where the gaps are in your current setup. Do you have an appropriate level of governance in place for the lifecycle of your Teams? Are your people getting the most out of theextensive features available?

Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams Rapid Enablement

The increasing rate of COVID-19 cases means that customers are having to work quickly to plan how to enable people to work remotely while ensuring the communication and collaboration required for workplace productivity.

The Teams Rapid Enablement allows base collaboration within Microsoft Teams for Microsoft Office 365 customers within five days.

Download the Microsoft Teams Rapid Enablement datasheet now.

Whitepapers and eBooks

A Guide to Working Remotely

A Guide to Working Remotely

Remote working is not just about getting connected as people still want to contribute and feel valued.

This guide was created for internal use by our People Experience Team to help our own people remain healthy, engaged and supported.

Feel free to use elements of this guide to supplement your team’s wellbeing.

Empower your employees and create a more productive workplace

Empower your employees and create a more productive workplace

Effective collaboration is the key to the success of modern organisations dealing with the accelerating pace of change and an increasingly complicated business environment. But embracing true collaboration requires the right cultural mindset and fit-for-purpose technology.

There is no point introducing new collaboration tools to allow your employees to work where and how they want, if the organisation’s rules remain as rigid as ever.

In this whitepaper we look at the forces driving change in the modern workplace and the journey you can go on to a more collaborative, flexible and secure environment for doing business.

Five key tools that will make your workplace truly modern

Five key tools that will make your workplace truly modern

Demographic, economic and technological changes are transforming the modern workplace. More than ever before, the key to success in business lies in effective collaboration within your organisation and with external partners.

The tools and platforms are now here to allow you to more effectively connect, communicate and collaborate.

But what is the right technology mix for your organisation? How do you smooth the path of adoption of these tools for your employees? Most importantly, how do you create a culture that fosters collaboration, allows flexibility while keeping security front of mind?

Empower your employees and create a more productive workplace. We’ve assembled practical tips and tools and drawn on the experience of our Modern Workplace experts and our own customers to give you insights that will help guide you on your journey to the Modern Workplace.

Ask us anything

Helping you navigate today and tomorrow with unique strategies to reimagine your workplace.
 
Every organisation has been impacted through recent events. Work today feels very different than it did just a few months ago. To make sense of where technology plays a role in Reimagining Work, we need to put plans in place that ensures the safe connectivity of people to your business. 
 
At Empired, we have helped customers through their business continuity approaches, and continue to share many of these learnings on our #ReimagineWork site. 
 
Our Ask Empired Anything service connects you directly to our most senior digital advisors and architects who will endeavour to help answer your questions.

External resources to help you #ReimagineWork

Microsoft has put together an extremely helpful resource page with more information on how technology can help your organisation with remote working, education and family, community support and more.

Microsoft has also made available an identity and security model self-assessment tool that will help you determine your organisation's maturity level and suggest specific actions for each different areas - including identities, devices, applications, infrastructure, data and network. Click here and take the identity and security self-assessment now

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