Sep 21, 2022   |   Josh Krenz

New approach to IoT device integration enables employee experience at Microsoft

Exciting employee experiences that drive productivity and support hybrid work are possible at Microsoft thanks to a broad network of internet of things (IoT) devices. Whether it be hotdesking, pathfinding, or locating an empty conference room, these experiences benefit productivity, access, system health, and a variety of other services across Microsoft’s smart buildings. But with...

Sep 16, 2022   |   Alex Fleck

Transforming how contract creation works at Microsoft with automation

At Microsoft, we do business with an immense number of vendors and suppliers, and many of the services they provide require a statement of work (SOW) contract. Creating, approving, and managing those contracts is an immense task. We developed an automated contract creation tool to simplify this process for our internal users and to streamline...

Aug 18, 2022   |   Marcus Young

Driving adoption of Microsoft Viva at Microsoft: Lessons learned

In Microsoft Digital Employee Experience (MDEE), our job is to accelerate Microsoft’s own digital transformation through world-class employee experiences. We were thrilled when Microsoft Viva was announced in 2021 as a modern platform dedicated to employee growth, wellbeing, and productivity. Microsoft Viva was developed based on research showing: Employees want to feel strongly connected to...

Aug 16, 2022   |   Aleenah Ansari

Flipping the retail metaverse on its head with augmented reality shopping

Editor’s note: We’ve republished this blog with a new companion video. For Microsoft employees, the company’s annual global Hackathon is an opportunity to work across disciplines and build innovative solutions for the future. Sometimes the ideas they dream up turn into Microsoft products, which is exactly what’s happening with an augmented reality shopping hackathon project...

Aug 15, 2022   |   Angela Gamba

Helping Microsoft employees understand their value with the Total Rewards Portal

Our total rewards communications are an essential aspect of empowering employees to understand the value of Microsoft compensation and, for employees in the United States, their benefits, while reminding them of the investment that the company is making in them. When done correctly, this empowerment leads to improved engagement and retention and increased quality of...

Jul 11, 2022   |   Lukas Velush

How Microsoft is rethinking the hybrid meeting room experience with Microsoft Teams

New Microsoft Teams-powered hybrid meeting room technology is helping us design new experiences for our employees and vendors here at Microsoft and helping customers understand how to achieve these experiences for themselves. “We want to create an environment that is halfway between the physical and virtual,” says Matt Hempey, a principal program manager with Microsoft...

Jul 1, 2022   |   Nathalie D’Hers

Microsoft’s tips for staying productive in an evolving hybrid world

As the leader of the Microsoft Digital Employee Experience team, it’s my responsibility to ensure that Microsoft employees are the most productive and collaborative in the industry. We are stewards of the employee experience, and we obsess over every detail of the online and in-person meeting experience for our employees. From the physical spaces on...

Jun 29, 2022   |   Aleenah Ansari

Transforming Microsoft buildings with IoT technology and indoor mapping

Editor’s note: We’ve republished this blog with a new companion video. Sphoorti Patil is using Microsoft Azure indoor mapping and IoT technology that helps Microsoft employees find their way around the company’s campuses—and she hasn’t been in a Microsoft building yet. She’s not alone in this experience—Microsoft has hired a number of new employees since...

Jun 16, 2022   |   Josh Krenz

Shaping Microsoft’s new campus of the future with user-centric design

Those planning a visit to Microsoft’s transformed campus in Redmond, Washington, will witness the early stages of a seamless employee and guest experience, one made possible thanks to user-centric design. This Design philosophy puts the user—an employee or a guest—at the heart of every decision and aligns all the facility’s services—physical and digital—to the needs...