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Bosses think workers do less from home: Microsoft survey

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BBC: A major new survey from Microsoft shows that bosses and workers fundamentally disagree about productivity when working from home.
Bosses worry about whether working from home is as productive as being in the office. 
While 87 percent of workers felt they worked as, or more, efficiently from home, 80 percent of managers disagreed.
The survey questioned more than 20,000 staff across 11 countries. 
Microsoft chief executive Satya Nadella told the BBC this tension needed to be resolved as workplaces were unlikely to ever return to pre-pandemic work habits. 


“We have to get past what we describe as ‘productivity paranoia’, because all of the data we have that shows that 80 percent plus of the individual people feel they’re very productive - except their management thinks that they’re not productive. 
“That means there is a real disconnect in terms of the expectations and what they feel.”
Both Nadella and Ryan Roslansky, the boss of Microsoft-owned LinkedIn, said employers were grappling with perhaps the biggest shift in working patterns in history. 


The number of fully-remote jobs advertised on LinkedIn soared during the pandemic but Roslansky said data suggested that type of role might have peaked.
He told the BBC that of some 14 or 15 million job listings that are typically live on LinkedIn, about 2 percent of those involved remote working before the pandemic. Some months ago, that stood at 20 percent, and it has since come down to 15 percent this month.


Microsoft employees can work from home up to 50 percent of the time as standard. More than that requires management approval or a move to part-time working. 
Some companies have struggled to impose new working arrangements and expectations. 
There has been resistance to calls at Apple to return to the office three days a week from September, while Tesla boss Elon Musk has demanded 40 hours a week in the office sending an email saying: “If you don’t show up, we will assume you have resigned.”

An unprecedented number of people have also changed jobs since the start of the pandemic. A phenomenon Microsoft has dubbed “the great reshuffle”, sees workers born after 1997 (so-called Generation Z) nearly twice as likely to switch jobs. 
“At the peak of our ‘great reshuffle’ we saw a year-on-year increase of 50 percent of LinkedIn members changing jobs. Gen Z was at 90 percent,” the report said.


By 2030, Generation Z will make up about 30 percent of the entire workforce so managers need to understand them, according to LinkedIn’s boss. 
As you might expect, alongside its new observations Microsoft has new products aimed at easing this potential mismatch in expectations. It is focusing on helping companies’ younger workers feel a sense of belonging to, and an ability to learn in, an organisation in the way staff did in the past. 


Its new Viva software, for example, allows direct contact to senior managers, online teaching and a channel to share personal photos - somewhat like a company intranet site with bells on to ring in a new world of work, which employers in particular are struggling to navigate.

 

 


  Comments - 5

  • Sangaralingham Monday, 26 September 2022 08:06 AM

    Home work is not the same as office.friends colleagues has an influence working at office.unless your are disciplined well planned not to have any distractions work from home is going to be inferior than at the worksite office etc Think students learning from home not as much in direct contact with educator

    Tissa Fernando Monday, 26 September 2022 09:01 AM

    Bosses are right and wrong. The productivity is not related to the location of work. It is the level of engagement and motivation that matters . While office is having all the facilities and interactions to make work easier, it is sometimes difficult to get to work while at home, at the same time those who work at home tend to work longer hours. , all these depend on type of job that you do

    Against subsidy for religion Monday, 26 September 2022 05:11 PM

    Wonder what public thinks of top officials at government agency. Who get paid with printed money, which when they spend drives up inflation! Doesn't matter what the government employee or military do, if they get paid they make inflation go up. Far worse that for all private enterprise than anything else in this country.

    Arun Monday, 26 September 2022 06:35 PM

    In pandemic, high qualified tech guys manage 02 -03 jobs at same time with different companies due sudden spike on technology demand related jobs but now big tech bosses realise their team working for different companies at same time and couldn't challenge openly and request in different ways

    Arun Monday, 26 September 2022 06:35 PM

    In pandemic, high qualified tech guys manage 02 -03 jobs at same time with different companies due sudden spike on technology demand related jobs but now big tech bosses realise their team working for different companies at same time and couldn't challenge openly and request in different ways


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