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Microsoft StaffHub New Mobile App for Office 365 Designed to Help Workers Released

Microsoft StaffHub, a new application tool for Office 365 available worldwide, works across mobile devices and makes it easy for managers to create, update and revise employee schedules, and distribute information such as notices, documents and videos to their teams.

It’s enabled for Office 365 customers with a K1, E1, E3 or E5 plan, and let employees view their upcoming shifts on mobile devices. Using the StaffHub, they can also see which other workers are scheduled and swap shifts with coworkers, as well as they can send messages directly to each other or the entire workplace.

The app home screen provides a summary of upcoming shifts as well as any important notes.

Microsoft StaffHub also provides a ability for admins to define custom links for workers to view in the mobile app, which can point to important resources or sites, such as HR systems for reporting time off, or to custom applications, built with tools such as Microsoft PowerApps.

Managers can also export team schedule information to a .csv file for use in other systems, and also have a fast and reliable way to send quick messages to team members.

“When schedule conflicts come up, StaffHub makes it easy to swap a shift or offer a shift to someone else,” writes Office team. “Requests are always routed to the manager for approval, and updates and notifications are automatically sent to the team.”

StaffHub will support connections to Kronos, a provider of workplace management cloud solutions, enabling managers to import information directly from Kronos’ platform into StaffHub. “This functionality will initially be in private preview to a small group of Office 365 and Kronos customers,” team said.

Team managers can sign in at staffhub.ms, and employees can download the app on iOS or Android.

For a more deeper look at Microsoft StaffHub, check out the screenshots and video below:

Microsoft StaffHub Admins screen

Microsoft StaffHub Homescreen

Microsoft StaffHub Share screen

Microsoft StaffHub view the files

A new Office 365 promotion emerged, now letting Microsoft Rewards members to score 5,000 points when a purchase of Office 365 subscription for 1 year is made at the Microsoft Store. These Rewards points can be redeemed for other items such as Amazon gift cards, Xbox Live subscriptions, and giftcards for the Microsoft Store.

As you can see the image below, the Office 365 promotion appears on the main page of the Microsoft Rewards dashboard.

Score 5,000 Microsoft Rewards points with 1-year Office 365 subscription

From designing PowerPoint presentations to creating documents in Word, 20 new online courses from LinkedIn Learning are available today to help you hone your skills.

Office Training Center’s new offerings include more than 60 new videos on various topics, adding to LinkedIn Learning’s 170-plus free training videos. These courses as well as other hundreds of learning material can found over at HERE.

In an episode 113 of Office Developer Podcast with Mark Rackley and others about JavaScript development in SharePoint and the SharePoint Framework&mdashyou can learn how to maximize your team’s effectiveness through 90-minute online training sessions on Microsoft Teams, the new chat-based workspace in Office 365.

This episode of “Modern Workplace” webcast with entrepreneurs and thought leaders, highlights the power of data storytelling.

Susan Etlinger, an industry analyst at the Altimeter Group, and Gabi Steele, a data visualization scientist at The Washington Post, discuss how to turn data into actionable insights.

They cover such key issues as building the right teams, choosing the right communication vehicle and making data accessible, as well they talk about using tools that most organizations already own to do more with existing data.

You’ll also see a demonstration of Power BI, Excel and Word features that help improve data visualization to gain insights. The new Office Tap feature shows how those visualizations can be easily inserted into reports.

Watch the video below:

Launched last November, Microsoft Teams provides built-in access to Word, SharePoint, PowerPoint, OneNote and Skype for Business, and allows users to work on documents directly in the app.

Led by a trained facilitator, Microsoft is holding online sessions to discuss about participants’ business challenges, then transition to a live environment in the cloud. Participants will learn how to keep information secure, visualize and analyze data, and share content and increase productivity.

Here’s a full rundown of what you will explore:

  • How Microsoft Teams, the newest collaboration tool:
  • Keeps everyone engaged with threaded persistent chat.
  • Creates a hub for teamwork that works together with your other Office 365 apps.
  • Builds customized options for each team with channels, connectors, tabs and bots.
  • Adds your personality to your team with emojis, GIFs and stickers.
  • How to keep information secure while being productive&mdashMake it easier to work securely and maintain compliance without inhibiting your workflow.
  • How to quickly visualize and analyze complex data&mdashZero in on the data and insights you need without having to involve a BI expert.
  • How to co-author and share content quickly&mdashAccess and edit documents even while others are editing and reviewing them all at the same time.
  • How to get immediate productivity gains&mdashMost attendees leave with enough time-saving skills that time invested to attend a Customer Immersion Experience more than pays for itself in a few short days.
  • Sessions are limited to 12 participants, US customers can register here, and outside the US customers can use this link.

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