If you’re starting out with Yammer or helping a colleague get started on Yammer, we think you’ll find this article serves as a good starting point to get anyone productive with Yammer in 15 minutes. Here are some of the first steps one can take on the journey to enterprise social with Yammer and to work-like-a-network!
Install the Mobile App
Stay connected to company updates, messages and notifications from colleagues and key events with the Yammer mobile app. It’s a great way to keep in touch while you’re on the go. Next time when you are commuting to work or travelling take a few minutes to check out what going on in you companies network and even participate in the conversation while you’re on the go. The mobile app can be downloaded from the respective platform store. For more detail of the mobile features see https://about.yammer.com/product/mobile
Above: Yammer accessed from the native mobile app
Setup Your Profile
Let your colleagues know who you are and what your key skills are. Yammer can be used to find and connect with Subject Matter Experts (SME) so you want to make the most of it. Provide a brief bio about yourself so when people find you on Yammer they can get a sense of who you are and not just your designation. Make sure you update your skill sets and interest, and also upload a professional photo. Regarding your bio you don’t have to keep it very formal an informal tone is ok but keep it professional. https://www.yammer.com/account/profile_info
Tip– you probably have all this written up on LinkedIn already so reuse it, also try and keep your location and department name consistent with the rest of the organisation ( you can always update it later)
Above: Yammer user profile settings page
Above: Example of how people search can be used to find subject matter experts
Setup Your Notifications
Yammer offers a variety of email notification options to help keep you informed on key messages and activities on Yammer. In the early stages getting email notifications is great but you may want to turn it down it as things get more active on Yammer. You can configure the email notifications by going to https://www.yammer.com/account/notifications (alternatively you can go to More -> Setting-> Notifications)
Tip – you may want to configure Yammer to only send you weekly digest, you don’t want more email in your Inbox do you?
Above: Configuring Yammer email notification settings
Join the Action
Jump right in where the action is at – follow your colleagues, search & join groups that are of interest and in your functional areas. Follow #Topics to get an idea of what everyone else is taking about.
Tip: Use Yammer search to find people to follow as well as topics and groups to follow
Above: Example of searching for people and following them on Yammer
Above: Example of searching for groups
Above: Example of searching for topics of interest
Work Out Loud
Introduce yourself to the people on the network and occasionally post a message in Yammer to tell everyone what you are currently working on. You will be surprised by the number of helpful responses you can get. Next time when you are working on a presentation share it over Yammer (provided there is no sensitive information) and you can then see how the power of crowd-sourcing kicks in when you have other colleagues sharing their slides and inputs to help you with your presentation.