Exploring Office 365

Internal Communications Group
19 September 2017
15.00 - 18.00
Free and exclusive to CharityComms members and corporate partners

British Red Cross
44 Moorfields

This event is now fully booked. Please drop Sarah Cutress an email to be added to the waiting list.

Office 365 has gradually crept its way into almost every charity due to its free not-for-profit package. Anyone not using it probably should be from a budget point-of-view alone.

But is anyone maximising its potential? At this meeting we’ll be delving into Office 365, kicking off with quick fire presentations, followed by facilitated discussions, then a Q&A session with Microsoft’s Office 365 programme change manager, Steve Crompton, who’ll be able to answer all the questions you have about getting the best out of the package, before ending with networking and wine.


15.00 – 15.15Registration and refreshments
15.15 – 15.20Welcome
15.20 – 15.45

Quick fire presentations by:

  • Claire Westall, internal communications manager, Macmillan Cancer Support
  • Georgeina Baker, internal communications officer, St John Ambulance
15.45 – 16.50

Round table discussions

Questions to consider:

  • Establish where everyone is at in their Office 365 journey – share how long you’ve had it, what elements of the product you’re using/plan to use and what you’re using/will use it for
  • How can internal comms work with IT/digital on Office 365, from rolling out new apps and providing effective tutorials to keeping on top of and communicating change?
  • Office 365 has a lot of apps on offer. How can we best explain all of these apps like Delve, Sway, Yammer, SharePoint etc and encourage adoption?
  • Who ‘owns’ the projects around these apps?
  • Discuss the pitfalls of Office 365. For example, how can it cause disruption with existing apps? How might some of its features cause problems with existing staff working policies?
  • How are you dealing with security and confidentiality of content across the apps?
  • How can we encourage long-term take up, putting the user-experience first?
  • How can we get senior leaders involved?
  • How can internal comms support tech adoption more widely?
16.50 – 17.30Q&A session with Steve Crompton, Office 365 programme change manager, Microsoft chaired by Jessica Noble, internal communications manager, Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI)
17.30 – 18.00Networking and wine

Please note: 

  • These events are for heads of internal comms only as we will be discussing strategic issues. As Office 365 is an integrated product across departments, heads of internal comms are welcome to invite their head of technology/IT/digital
  • There is a maximum of one place per corporate partner (and a max of four places available for corporate partners in total)

If you’re interested in presenting at a future event or joining the steering group, please contact Harriet Smith.

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About the Internal Comms Group

This networking group is for CharityComms members working as internal communications leads in UK charities and not-for-profits.

Members will be given the opportunity to meet their peers, compare notes on workplace practices and share successes, ideas, challenges and inspiration. The group is designed to encourage networking and peer-to-peer support, sharing issues in a ‘safe’ and relaxed environment.

If you’d like to be one of the first to hear about these events, please contact Sarah Cutress to be added to the mailing list.

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