Microsoft has released the results of a huge new study that sheds light on the issues that still go wrong hybrid work.
“Hybrid work is just work. Are we doing it wrong?” the report (opens in a new tab) based on 20,000 people from 11 countries looking at “trillions of Microsoft 365 performance signals.”
The report claims that “people are working harder than ever”, although managers continue to question the productivity of their employees.
According to data, users have increased by 153% Microsoft commands meetings than before the pandemic, resulting in an 84% increase in meetings and a 216% increase in previous responses.
The significant increase in meetings can be partly attributed to the perception that hybrid work makes it difficult to be confident in the performance of employees – a view shared by 85% of surveyed managers.
With so many video conferencing and collaboration tools struggling to offer better services following the recent surge in hybrid work and WFH procedures, companies are looking for new ways to target their audiences.
Microsoft believes that managers should focus on helping their employees be more productive and prioritize their workloads, rather than on so-called “performance paranoia,” and to help with this, its new Viva The Pulse app is designed to facilitate feedback between employees and managers through “research-backed questions” and privacy.
Return to office?
Earlier this year, Apple has implemented a return-to-office policy after Google return policywhile CEO of Tesla Elon Musk threatened to fire absenteeism to the office. But for many, the prospect of leaving their home is not very attractive. Microsoft says 73% of employees and 78% of business decision makers need “a better reason to come than just company expectations.”
One of the main reasons for traveling to an official workplace is to communicate with colleagues and improve collaboration on projects that require joint work.
Research shows that businesses are creating better digital communities to help their workers stay connected. Among some of Viva’s many new updates is Viva Amplify, which is designed to help users “amplify” their messages with built-in instructions. Other updates, such as People in Viva and Viva Answers, use artificial intelligence to help create better connections and answers.
WFH and side hustles
The third point, titled “Rehiring Your Employees,” is in response to LinkedIn data showing that Gen Z employees are changing jobs 22% faster this year compared to last year, citing “job transition , the creator economy, the side hustle.” , and entrepreneurship” as some of the key factors.
Despite their desire to grow, 76% of workers surveyed said they would stay with their companies longer if they had more opportunities to learn. Rather than viewing careers as a vertical “ladder,” the report suggests companies take a more “escalator or playground” approach, where workers can develop in a wider range of directions.