Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella urged companies not to spy on their employees working from homedespite a recent report claiming that bosses are less likely to trust their employees who do.
The company’s report shows that 85% of managers believe that it is “difficult to be sure that employees are working productively”, despite a huge increase of 153%. Microsoft commands meetings even before the pandemic.
Almost as many workers (87%) believe they are more productive when working from home and even report experiencing burnout. Virtual meeting drop-offs have increased by 84% over the past two years or so, while RSVP responses have increased by a whopping 216% as bosses turn to regular check-ins to monitor their teams.
Personnel monitoring with Microsoft Viva
“We need to get past what we describe as ‘performance paranoia’ because all the data we have shows that over 80% of individuals feel highly productive – except when their management believes they are not productive,” Nadella said BBC (opens in a new tab).
Microsoft VP Jared Spataro added Bloomberg (opens in a new tab)“there is a growing debate about employee surveillance, and [the company has] really strong position – we just think it’s wrong.”
“We don’t think employers should be monitoring and taking note of keystroke activity and mouse-click activity and things like that, because in many ways we think that’s a measurement of warmth, not an outcome.”
There are many Program for personnel monitoring there is, but Microsoft believes it can offer something different that encourages workers to prioritize their goals.
Its Viva platform, accessed by 10 million monthly active users, just had a major updateoffering even more valuable tools, including the introduction of Viva Pulse, which is designed to facilitate feedback between company employees.