Organizational resiliency


This article is for the legacy Workplace Analytics app and does not reflect functionality available on the updated Viva Insights platform. Access current documentation for Viva Insights advanced insights here: advanced insights documentation.

Resilience depends on having the right insights, systems, and tools to respond to sudden changes, recover from disruption, and reimagine the future for your organization. Each of the behaviors listed show how your organization compares with others based on industry research and your specific organizational data.

Microsoft Viva Insights has a My organization page that shows leader's collaboration data about their team. The outcomes include data about Organizational resiliency.

Enhance organizational resiliency


The following are the percentage insights, their underlying metrics, and some details about the calculations used for them.

Enhance resiliency employee wellbeing.

Behavior Percentage insight Metrics Calculations
Enable work-life balance Percentage of employees who are working after hours for more than three hours each week After-hours collaboration Percentage of employees who spend more than 1 hour collaborating through emails, calls, instant messages, and meetings outside of working hours. This percentage is calculated weekly and averaged over the entire time period.
Provide support Percentage of employees who have less than 15 minutes of 1:1 time with their managers each week Meeting hours with manager 1:1 Percentage of employees who spend less than 15 minutes of weekly 1:1 time with their managers. To account for various meeting frequencies, the total time is calculated for each employee per month and averaged over a week.
Connect across boundaries Percentage of employees who spend a majority of their meeting time in double-booked meetings Conflicting meeting hours Percentage of employees who spend more than 50 percent of their meeting hours in conflicting meetings. This insight is calculated weekly and averaged over all the weeks.
Cohesion within teams Percentage of employees who are members of teams with strong cohesion Strong ties Strong cohesion is calculated by the number of strong ties of all team members divided by the maximum possible number of strong ties in the team. This percentage is calculated weekly and averaged over the last six months.*

The following defines the organizational data shown in the visual behavioral insights.

Enhance resiliency empathy.

Behavior Visual insight Definition
Enable work-life balance Average weekly time spent collaborating after hours Percentage of employees based on their weekly after-hours collaboration. They are divided into employees who spend less than one hour collaborating after-hours, employees who spend between 1 to 5 hours collaborating after-hours, and employees who spend more than 5 hours collaborating after-hours. These percentages are calculated weekly and averaged over the entire time period.
Provide support Distribution of monthly 1:1 time with managers Percentage of employees based on their monthly meeting hours with managers 1:1. They are divided into employees who have no 1:1s, between zero and one hour, and more than one hour of 1:1s with their manager in a month. These percentages are calculated monthly and averaged over the entire time period.
Connect across boundaries Distribution of conflicting meeting hours Percentage of employees based on their conflicting meeting hours. They are divided into those who spend less than 5 hours, between 5 and 10 hours, and more than 10 hours in conflicting meetings. These percentages are calculated weekly and averaged over the entire time period.
Cohesion within teams Team cohesion levels across the company An organizational network graph that shows the number of teams with strong cohesion and those who are not very cohesive based on the average monthly collaboration activity within the team’s network. This uses Strong ties.*


*At least 25 percent of your teams must have five or more members. If not, this insight will be unavailable due to incomplete information. To ensure teams are accurately identified, confirm that your Organizational upload includes all employees with the correct ManagerId information.

Best practices

To take action on an outcome, you can select View best practices to see a list of recommendations for it. This section describes why each of the following behaviors matter and the top best practices that can help enhance organizational resiliency.

Enable work-life balance

Rapid shifts in ways employees work can blur the line between work and home. The amount of time employees collaborate outside of standard working hours can be an indicator of burnout risk, even as teams embrace flexibility.

Based on research presented in the Why unplugging from work is more work than we think: "New research and our growing understanding about human behavior tell us two things for certain: that unplugging is more necessary than ever, and that true unplugging is not a single action but a social agreement — a culture shift that employees and companies must create together." Ways to support employee wellbeing:

  • Use Quiet time to learn about your after-hours work habits and to encourage you to disconnect and recharge.
  • Utilize Inline suggestions in Outlook to automatically delay email delivery to align with configured working hours of coworkers.
  • Use Teams Together mode for a shared background on video meetings. It cuts down on video meeting fatigue by making them feel more like in-person.

For more best practices and ways to protect employees' after hours, see Best practices for wellbeing.

Provide support

During periods of disruption, managers play a critical role in helping employees navigate change and preserve a sense of belonging. Manager one-on-one (1:1) time can improve engagement and job performance, while lack of manager coaching can cause employee disengagement and attrition.

According to the research referenced in What great managers do daily: "A Gallup study found that at least 70 percent of the variance in employee engagement scores is driven by who the boss is." Ways to keep employees engaged:

  • Use Viva Insights to automatically schedule 1:1 time, receive reminders to do so, and follow up on tasks related to direct reports.
  • Require managers to meet with direct reports for 30 minutes at least twice a month and hold them accountable for achieving that goal.

For more best practices and ways to establish better manager-team connections, see Best practices for manager coaching.

Connect across boundaries

Rapidly changing conditions require swift decision making. Managers with poor calendar management habits become obstacles to team goal attainment and create bottlenecks in decision making.

According to Five ways to empower your team to make decisions: “Employee empowerment is directly tied to results. A study by Zenger Folkman found 4 percent of employees are willing to put in more effort when empowerment is low, while 67 percent are willing to go above and beyond when empowerment is high.” Other ways to empower decision making:

  • Provide wide access to Teams meeting recordings and meeting notes in public channels whenever possible to increase the rate of information sharing.
  • Use Teams channels to share information as it emerges both formally through notes and files and informally through chats.
  • Use Insights to manage your calendar and increase your awareness of conflicting meetings and meetings that inform you of decisions. Managers who decline meetings as soon as possible with a brief explanation for why they did so reinforce decision rights and model healthy habits.

For more best practices and ways to remove obstacles, see Best practices for meetings.

Cohesion within teams

Employees who maintain strong connections within their team often feel a greater sense of organizational belonging.

According to the Rebuilding companies as communities article, "organizations function best when committed people work in cooperative relationships based on respect." Ways to improve team cohesion:

  • Add colleagues to your important people list; also, receive suggestions to meet and reminders to respond to emails and complete tasks from these contacts.
  • Provide teams with virtual opportunities to bond over non-work activities and form new connections. Create agendas with fun conversation prompts and activities such as online games.

For more best practices, see Best practices for community connectivity.