Microsoft Announces New Research And Technology to Make Hybrid Work

The transformation towards a hybrid working world is accompanied by new challenges for companies and employees. This is confirmed by the latest edition of the Microsoft Work Trend Index. From the current results of our global study, we have identified five key trends that managers need to know now in order to successfully shape the transition to hybrid working.

The obligation to work from home in worldwide, companies are facing the challenge of implementing the change from remote work to hybrid work. One thing is clear: the needs and requirements of employees in the world of work have changed in the last two years. When it comes to career changes, personal goals and well-being play a greater role. Employees want more flexibility and time for personal discussions. The results of our Work Trend Index 2022 show that these developments have continued over the past year. Managers are now challenged to understand the new expectations and respond appropriately to them. Because that is what decides whether hybrid work will be a success for everyone.

For our Work Trend Index, now in its second year, we surveyed 31,000 people in 31 countries and analyzed trillions of signals in Microsoft 365 and work trends on LinkedIn. We looked at leadership plans for 2022 and collected feedback from employees and employers: What motivates them to stay? What do you wish for outside of the office work? How can technologies support? We have identified five key trends:

1. Employees worldwideare setting new standards for their job
How, where and when people work has changed – and with it the why. What people expect from their work and what they are willing to invest in their job is changing. Survey shows that 53 percent of people around the world put their health and well-being ahead of work.

Globally, the top five reasons employees left their jobs were: personal well-being or mental health (24 percent), work-life balance (24 percent), risk of contracting coronavirus (21 percent), lack of trust in management (21 percent) and a lack of flexibility in terms of working hours or location (21 percent). A look into the future shows that this trend will continue, particularly among younger generations.

2. Executives – between the expectations of management and employees
Meeting the new expectations of employees is a mammoth task – and it will not be possible without senior executives[1]. They are closest to the employees and have the best insight into personal and professional challenges. But all of this is of little use if senior executives are unable to act. For example, 50 percent of decision-makers[2] worldwide .

3. The journey to the office must be worthwhile
On average, 38 percent of workers worldwide say their biggest challenge is knowing when and why to come to the office. At the same time, only 28 percent of the decision-makers  have developed guidelines on how hybrid work can be implemented in a team. Additionally, globally, 43 percent of remote workers feel disengaged from meetings. Only a quarter of executives  say their company has established rules for hybrid meetings so everyone can participate.

So it’s time to rethink the role of the office and address the who, where and why of face-to-face meetings.

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The transformation towards a hybrid working world is accompanied by new challenges for companies and employees. This is confirmed by the latest edition of the Microsoft Work Trend Index.

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