Developed by Powell Software, a global organization creating digital solutions and tools for the digital workplace, Virtual Coffee Machine is an application within Microsoft Teams to ensure employees stay better connected, positively engaged and take regular breaks while working from home.
According to Powell Software, the Virtual Coffee Machine is the first of its kind app app with social meeting moments to support workforce wellbeing in a remote workplace. The app offer to positively connects employees through virtual chats to maintain a culture of togetherness, even when apart.
As the third US lockdown continues and many countries worldwide face severe restrictions, the Virtual Coffee Machine app could replace the absence of the in-person coffee catch up.
Employers and HR also can swiftly set up a Virtual Coffee Machine break within any Teams channel, encouraging employees to take regular short breaks while inspiring networking and socializing between colleagues.
The app then uses an algorithm that collects data from employees registered in Powell Teams, automatically comparing outlook calendars and generating meeting invites based on the criteria of the meeting.
For example, if the Virtual Coffee Machine meeting criteria was set at a maximum of five people and ten people are available to join then two meeting invitations are sent. If a team member does not want to or cannot join a Virtual Coffee Meeting, they simply decline the meeting invitation.
Virtual Coffee Machine consciously avoids one to one or full team meetings, focusing on creating intimate, short social breaks where employees can take time out to engage with colleagues in a positive digital space.
Colleagues can also ‘travel’ to differently located virtual offices across their organization to meet colleagues for a coffee break in different virtual buildings.