Lots to Yammer on about
October 09, 2019

Lots to Yammer on about

Erica Mijon | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Microsoft Yammer

Yammer is used across the enterprise - Both Unum employees, Colonial Life's parent company, and Colonial Life employees use Yammer to engage with one another in a more casual setting. Rather than bombarding inboxes with emails, employees post on Yammer for company events, congratulations and relevant life updates. Groups are also formed for specific committees and resource groups. Yammer is used for a hub of updates and keeping people in the loop without having to read lengthy emails.
  • Keeping employees connected across the enterprise
  • The use of gifs and images
  • Private message option
  • I think the news feed should be updated chronologically, not by post "relevance" like many other social channels do now
  • People in other business areas are able to connect more than they would be without Yammer
  • Employees can scroll on Yammer for company updates and news like they'd scroll on Facebook, but arguably it's productive scrolling
Yammer took several months to successfully implement on the communications team and a few more months after that to get a sampling of employees on the site. It wasn't an easy process explaining to leadership why they should be on another mode of communication or to career employees how Yammer is used differently than email.

Do you think Microsoft Yammer delivers good value for the price?

Yes

Are you happy with Microsoft Yammer's feature set?

Yes

Did Microsoft Yammer live up to sales and marketing promises?

I wasn't involved with the selection/purchase process

Did implementation of Microsoft Yammer go as expected?

Yes

Would you buy Microsoft Yammer again?

Yes

Yammer is great for segmenting your audiences. If you want only one specific group of people to see a post, say, those following Corporate Social Responsibility, you're able to tailor your post to those followers. Yammer is a new form of communication for the workplace - instead of sending stale, formal emails, Yammer gives you the ability to add gifs, emojis, and images to spice up your announcement or even make a flu shot event seem more fun.

I think it's best used for more casual announcements. I don't think it's appropriate to post something all employees NEED to see, like a fire drill announcement, because not everyone who needs to see it may see it.

It's still a struggle getting all our employees signed up for Yammer. While the process is easy, there was a lot of pushback because there are so many channels of communication in place already. We have maybe half of all employees on Yammer now. It's progress, but we may never have everyone signed up.

Microsoft Yammer Feature Ratings

Task Management
Not Rated
Gantt Charts
Not Rated
Scheduling
Not Rated
Workflow Automation
Not Rated
Mobile Access
8
Search
8
Visual planning tools
Not Rated
Chat
9
Notifications
9
Discussions
9
Surveys
9
Internal knowledgebase
Not Rated
Integrates with GoToMeeting
Not Rated
Integrates with Gmail and Google Hangouts
Not Rated
Integrates with Outlook
8
Versioning
Not Rated
Video files
7
Audio files
Not Rated
Document collaboration
Not Rated
Access control
7
Advanced security features
7
Integrates with Google Drive
Not Rated
Device sync
7