What is Multi-Group Participation
We regularly experience a tension between doing our day to day tasks along with our local teams or communities, and spending time exploring longer term opportunities, learning new things and meeting new people. It is often the case that our innovative selves are overrun by the pressures of the day-to-day. It is will known that innovation is linked to people who have diverse networks, and Yammer provides an opportunity to interact freely with people from different communities thereby expanding our horizons.
The Multi-group Participation score indicates how much people participate in multiple communities. Being a member of community without participating doesn't count towards the score. Only active participation (posting, replying or reacting). The score ranges between 0-100:
- 0 - 25: Mostly active in a single community.
- 25 - 75: Mostly active in 2-4 communities.
- 75 - 100: Mostly active in 5 or more communities
On the Personal Dashboard the report shows the results just for you. When you look at the score for a community it reflects the average scores of all the members in that community.
How to use Multi-Group Participation
First review the communities you are a member of. Are they relevant and interesting? Do you need to join other communities, or even start your own? Then decide which communities you want to really focus on. Being active in 2-3 communities is quite achievable, but being active in 10 is very hard. If you find that there are 3 communities where you can both learn and contribute then you know your score should be in the 25-75 range.
If you run a community and the score for the community is between 0-25 then you know that your community is probably the only one they actively participate in. While that may sound flattering it also means that the members are not able to bring to your community learnings from other communities. Also, SWOOP research have found that when people participate in multiple communities their overall activity levels increase. It could therefore be in your interest to encourage your members to join and contribute to other communities.