Microsoft created Viva to tackle modern workplace changes.

They wanted to create an employee experience platform that would bring together communications, knowledge, learning, and insights about the flow of our employee’s work. Powered by Microsoft 365 and experienced in Microsoft Teams it’s a platform that empowers our people to be their best, wherever they work.

The platform is currently comprised of Viva Learning, Viva Insights, Viva Topics, and Viva Connections. All of which work to improve our employee’s experience, knowledge, mental well-being, organise content and facilitate access to experts, and encourage employees to engage and work productively.

We were excited to hear that they were looking to add to the platform with their latest announcement of Viva Goals. It also left us with a few questions,

  • What is Microsoft Viva Goals?
  • How will it add to your employee’s experience?
  • When will we be able to use it?

If you have similar questions, you have come to the right place. In this article, we will explore Viva Goals, how it will integrate into your Viva Platform, how it will improve the experience of your employees and more.

What is Viva Goals?

Viva Goals is a new Viva module designed for business goal setting and management. Following Microsoft’s recent acquisition of Ally.io,2 a leading objectives and key results (OKR) company, they have designed Viva Goals to bring purpose and alignment to Viva customers.

Viva Goals helps align your employees with your business’s strategic priorities and unites them around a shared mission and a shared purpose. It helps provide your functional teams with clarity around how their work makes an impact on the business’s priorities and strategic objectives. With a clearer alignment in place, your people can focus on doing the work and making their own decisions about their priorities that will drive real business results.

In addition, it brings goals into the flow of everyday work. Making it easier for your people to connect with data, receive automatic reminders about deadlines, and meetings, and update progress across the organisation via customisable dashboards and quick links.

Like with all Viva modules you can expect it to seamlessly integrate into your Microsoft Teams environment, Azure DevOps, and other work management and data tools that you may already be utilising as part of your Microsoft 365 licenses. Future integrations with PowerBi and other apps and services are expected to be announced soon.

Viva Goals ensures that your objectives and key results no longer exist in a separate silo from your employee’s experience and where they do the bulk of their work.

Connecting Employee Experience and Business Outcomes

As business leaders and employers it’s our responsibility to create clear goals and measures of success as it has a trickly down effect throughout the organisation. When we are clear about these things, it helps everyone understand what is important and to align their work to the most valued priorities.

It sets the context for the level and type of work we are looking for, creating a shared vision and language that has been proven to bring hybrid teams together. It gives departments and their teams a framework to focus their own priorities and define with their success looks like in connection to what the business’s success looks like.

With clarity around business and team goals, employees are empowered to think, collaborate, and act at both the team and individual levels. With entire teams and departments working towards clear personal and shared goals, everyday work moves the business forward in a more agile way.

It is this connection and visibility to the bigger picture that we are most excited about. It enables flexibility around everyday work and provides purpose to employees. Knowing why your show up every day and getting to work collaboratively with others, all whilst understanding that the work you do is vital to the progress of your business will have a massive boost on morale and enhance the employee experience.

When will you get access to Viva Goals?

Viva Goals is currently in private preview, as Microsoft continue to improve and test the platform. Whilst a solid release date has not been set yet, they have announced that Viva Goals will be added to the Viva Suite in Q3 2022.

We hope this new feature breakdown was useful, and we hope you are as excited for the launch as we are. We regularly share updates to and tips on how to make the most out of your Microsoft 365 investment on LinkedIn and Twitter, you can follow us here or you can subscribe to our monthly newsletter to get these tips directly in your inbox.