Protect time and prioritize wellbeing 

Weekly meeting time for Teams users has more than doubled since the onset of the pandemic. Back-to-back meetings increase stress and make it harder to stay engaged and focused. Microsoft is bringing a curated set of guided meditations and mindfulness exercises from Headspace to the Viva Insights app in Teams to help you start your day grounded, relax your mind before a big presentation, or disconnect from work in the evening. 

Building upon the Viva Insights ability to schedule daily focus time to work uninterrupted with Teams notifications silenced, Microsoft is introducing a new focus mode in the Viva Insights app. This features Focus music from Headspace and implements timers to help you make progress on important tasks in regular intervals with breaks planned in between. 

Remote work has eliminated physical boundaries between work and life leading to an increase in after-hours chats, and a feeling of being always-on. Microsoft wants to help your people find balance and protect personal time. Later this year, Viva Insights will offer the ability to configure quiet time to silence mobile notifications from Outlook and Teams outside your working hours as well as provide personalized insights on how well you are disconnecting. Quiet time settings will also be available for users in Teams and Outlook mobile and accompanied by IT administrator controls in Microsoft Endpoint Manager to support the creation of organization-wide policies to mute after-hours notifications. 

As we all navigate this new world of work together, discover new ways to help people work both flexibly and effectively will be discovered. Microsoft is committed to bringing you experiences that empower people to work from anywhere, at any time. By studying the research and the usage patterns in these apps—and talking to customers every day—they are continuing to hone our understanding of what people need, to bring their best selves to work every day. This understanding guides our innovation as we work to bring you and your people experiences that help them achieve more. 

Source: Microsoft


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