Yammer is an enterprise social platform being used by several thousand people at the University of South Australia (both Staff and Students) for networking, project management, faculty-student collaboration, teamwork, student groups, Sporting and Social Clubs, learning, team formation and more.
What is Yammer
Yammer is a University only social network that helps you and your teams stay on top of it all. It can help you to bring your team together so you can have conversations, collaborate on files, and organise around projects so you can go further – faster.
Some ways Yammer could be used by you!
· Follow a document. Click on "follow" next to a document and be able to know when a newer version of that document is uploaded.
· Tag someone in a discussion to alert them that you need their participation.
· Post a PowerPoint presentation to promote discussion underneath the whole presentation. Colleagues can also comment on individual slides. No more emailing presentations back and forth!
· Photos. Post a photo from an event. You can also post infographics, visualisations, charts, graphs, etc.
· Link to a video. YouTube videos play right in Yammer instead of taking you to the YouTube site. I have used this for posting training videos from their YouTube channel.
· Meeting Notes. Post your meeting notes and allow people to ‘like’ to acknowledge they’ve read them. Less silence from the team (“did they actually read it?”) or lots of “ok” or “thanks” responses as separate emails. Also, team members can comment right below the file – no extra messages to take up inbox space.
· Post an idea. See what ideas build from it in the replies.
· Ask when you don't know who to ask. One colleague had a question, but didn't know who to email or even which office to approach. Several helpful responses answered her question quickly. This process a lot less frustrating than calling around different offices, searching on different websites, or sending several emails in an effort to reach someone who might know the answer.
· Answer questions. When you see a question, try helping out.
· Thank someone. Their manager might see it.
· Praise someone for a specific achievement. The Yammer praise feature is a great form of recognition because it is visible to everyone in the team.
· ‘Like’ a post to acknowledge you’ve read it and are on board.
· Start a private Yammer group for a team within your department.
· Start a public Yammer group (public = UNISA-only) for a job function relevant to many departments. For example, we have a Yammer group called "UNISA Communicators/Writers/Editors" for all UNISA employees whose job involves communications, writing, and/or editing. Don't create a new group until you have searched first. It is likely a similar group already exists.
· And much more!
Share Your Knowledge
Yammer gives you a platform to share your knowledge and skills with others so you can make the most out of what you know. It starts with your Yammer profile. Complete your profile so co-workers can learn what you’re working on and see how you can work together.