Microsoft launches new Teams feature that may drive some people crazy

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They love me. They don’t like me.

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If you have ever wondered, “What is is Microsoft’s thought? “In a slightly disturbed tone, there is a way to get ahead of your question.

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Upgrade to the Microsoft 365 roadmap and you can see what to expect.

And what’s around the corner right now can make your antlers shake.

Here, you see, there’s something titled, “Microsoft Viva: Praise History in Microsoft Viva Insights.”

Maybe, like me, you praise the story all the time. You thank him for trying to teach us things that we happily ignore.

This Teams update, which will roll out in November, tells us something that few employees will be able to ignore.

If you’ve never rated the Praise app, it exists – in Microsoft’s words – “to help recognize the effort that goes into the large-scale collaborative work being done by Teams users.”

You might think that an app is not needed for this. A quick email, text, or – some odd concept – a personal thank you message might do the trick.

But it’s 2021 and we’re all happy with the apps. Still, Microsoft wants employees to “send praise to their coworkers through the messaging extension pinned to the Teams messaging bar for most users or through the Microsoft Viva Insights app in Teams.”

Because it’s, what, easier? Or more, uh, meaningful?

I’m not here to bury or praise Praise. I’m here to tell you that this sparkling new update will rely heavily on history.

“With Praise history, users will be able to see their praise sent and received over the past six months,” Redmond said.

Oh, the delicious possibilities.

It’s bad enough when people take to Instagram to see how many like their latest pic of a pose, sweater, or bottle of wine.

Please imagine that employees will now have a log of everyone who publicly liked their work and who failed to shower them with, uh, praise.

“Joshua has praised me only once in the past six months. Again, Joleen praised me eleven times, praise the Lord.”

When you find out about such facts, what are you supposed to do with them? Keep two large books; a marked Love, a marked Bitterness? Confront your colleagues? Refuse to praise those who do not praise you?

It’s a very twisted canvas that only encourages distorted emotions.

I understand that managers and administrators will not be able to view your praise book. But won’t some employees be tempted to go to their boss and ask them why they don’t have more praise points from one person or another?

Please forgive me if I suggest that the only real way to express sincerity is to look someone in the eye and tell them that they have done well.

Teams is good enough for that, I’m told.


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