Construct connections in Microsoft Groups with Video games for Work, a brand new Microsoft Groups app| Microsoft 365 Weblog

Construct connections in Microsoft Groups with Video games for Work, a brand new Microsoft Groups app| Microsoft 365 Weblog

Join together with your coworkers by way of play? Sure, please.

Individuals in every single place are struggling to construct belief, create connections, and enhance workforce morale. Why not play video games to assist? Enjoying video games with coworkers has a strong means to foster relationships and collaboration. Though some might take into account video games at work a distraction, the advantages are plentiful. The truth is, in keeping with a examine by Brigham Younger College, groups who performed brief video video games collectively have been 20 p.c extra productive than those that participated in additional conventional team-building actions.1

Construct connections in Microsoft Groups with Video games for Work, a brand new Microsoft Groups app| Microsoft 365 Weblog

Video games for Work app

Deliver your workforce collectively by way of Microsoft Groups.

With the transfer to distant and hybrid work, our social capital has weakened, impacting cross-group collaboration and worker retention.2 The truth is, over 40 p.c of leaders take into account constructing relationships to be the best problem in hybrid or distant environments, in keeping with the Work Pattern Index.3 Video games could be a straightforward option to join and construct belief with our teammates. Together with our morning caffeine, typically we’d like a mind teaser or some pleasant competitors to get relationships going, infuse levity into our workday, and construct a way of group.

Construct work connections by way of play

Right now, I’m excited to introduce the Video games for Work app,* developed by Microsoft Informal Video games, an Xbox Video games Studio.** Now, you possibly can simply add a sport within the context of the place work occurs: in Microsoft Groups conferences. Select from a collection of favourite informal video games together with Microsoft IceBreakers, Wordament, Minesweeper, and Solitaire—all straightforward to play in fast, interactive, and multi-player variations (from 2 to 250 gamers). They’re protected for work (verifiably “E” rated) and ad-free. To handle the varied wants of groups, every sport throughout the app emphasizes a distinct component of workforce constructing.

Over 3 billion individuals around the globe play video games, serving an important function in bringing individuals collectively – particularly throughout these previous couple of years,” mentioned Jill Braff, Basic Supervisor of Integrations and Informal Video games, Microsoft. “Video games promote creativity, collaboration and communication in highly effective and distinctive methods, and we will’t wait to see the how the Video games for Work app on Microsoft Groups evokes productiveness and helps foster connections within the office.”

Games for Work app includes a variety of games to encourage fun collaboration in meetings including Solitaire, Wordament, Minesweeper, and IceBreakers.

Microsoft IceBreakers

Encourage new groups to speak and find out about one another with ease. It’s a variation on this or that—pineapple or pepperoni in your pizza? It’s so easy and intuitive, you possibly can’t assist however reply the query. It might probably additionally spur vigorous and, at occasions, passionate dialog to foster connections and construct workforce morale.

Microsoft Minesweeper

Probably the most cooperative sport of the bunch. This sport encourages people to come back collectively to resolve issues and achieve goals rapidly. Does this sound like one thing your workforce may use?

Minesweeper group play in Teams for Games for Work app.

Microsoft Wordament

Train your mind and create some wholesome workforce competitors over a phrase problem. Wordament simply accommodates giant teams, designed to play with as much as 250 individuals.

Microsoft Solitaire Assortment

And fan favourite Microsoft Solitaire Assortment gives a head-to-head competitors encouraging group participation. This would possibly sound like an oxymoron—the multi-player functionality and enhanced spectator mode permits everybody, whether or not actively enjoying that spherical or not, to observe the motion and interact with the gamers on-screen. It’s like calling out the solutions whereas watching a sport present or aiding a buddy with a phrase puzzle.

The Video games for Work app integrates straight into the move of the workday—as soon as the app is added, you and your co-workers can seamlessly benefit from the expertise inside Groups conferences, on desktop and cell. With the security and safety of Microsoft, you possibly can entry all 4 video games without spending a dime at this time.  

Games for Work mobile lobby start screen.

Discover different social apps in Groups

Along with the Video games for Work app, there are extra apps in Groups to assist strengthen your workforce’s relationships, enhance productiveness, and, in fact, have enjoyable!

  • Polly in Groups: Run reside polls, surveys, quizzes, trivia, and Q&A for an instantaneous, reside engagement. Get fingers raised, minds activated, and inventive juices flowing. Put your workforce comfortable and encourage candid responses and vigorous dialog. Polly can be utilized in a Groups chat, assembly, or channel. Watch How you can use Polly in Microsoft Groups to study extra.
  • Kahoot! in Groups: Launch a reside sport to carry individuals collectively and facilitate workforce studying. For these colleagues that may’t be a part of a reside sport or are on the go, assign a problem that’s self-paced, with questions and solutions displayed on gamers’ units. You’ll be able to even observe progress with a leaderboard for some pleasant competitors. Kahoot! can be utilized in a Groups chat or channel.

You’ll be able to anticipate extra apps powered by our ecosystem of companions to come back within the subsequent calendar yr.

Study extra

Take a look at the brand new Video games for Work app designed to carry individuals collectively in Microsoft Groups conferences by sparking dialog, creativity, and group by way of play. Please ship us your suggestions—these video games will proceed to evolve, and we’ll add new video games based mostly in your suggestions.


*Out there for Microsoft Groups Enterprise and Schooling clients solely; if not out there in your Groups app, attain out to your IT admin for help.

**Video games for Work is a pilot app and its efficiency in addition to suggestions from customers will affect the informal sport roadmap in Microsoft Groups; the present Microsoft Groups gaming coverage is unchanged till we full the pilot.  

1Examine: Collaborative video video games may improve workplace productiveness, Todd Hollingshead, Brigham Younger College. January 28, 2019.

24 methods to rebuild your workforce’s social capital, Nicole Herskowitz, LinkedIn. Might 20, 22.

3Hybrid Work Is Simply Work. Are We Doing It Incorrect? Work Pattern Index Particular Report, Microsoft. September 22, 2022.