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Microsoft Releases New Research to Simplify Hybrid Work

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On March 16th, tech giant Microsoft Corp., released the Work Trend Index Report. The annual report this year, “Great Expectations: Making Hybrid Work Work,” focuses on hybrid work and identifies employees’ evolving expectations of their workplace.

The research is clear, going home to work is no longer the same. The challenge for organizations is to keep up with the new expectations of employees. The index report has uncovered five trends that organizations must adopt. The study consisted of 31,000 people from 31 countries.

In addition, to the productivity signals analysis in Microsoft 362 and labor trends from LinkedIn:
  1. 53% of employees reported that they are more likely to put their health and well-being above work now in comparison to before the pandemic. 52% of Gen Z and millennials are likely to switch employers in the coming year.
  2. 50% of leaders said their companies will return to working full-time from the office in the coming year. 54% of managers however, feel that company leadership is not in touch with employee expectations. 74% say they don’t have the power or resources to change that.
  3. The biggest challenge for 38% of hybrid employees is knowing when to come into the office and for what reasons. However, only 28% of leaders have defined these norms.
  4. The weekly meeting time for Team users is up by a whopping 252% after 2 years, while the number of chats sent per person every week is up by 32%.
  5. As 51% of hybrid workers consider a complete shift to remote work in the coming years, organizations must look to building workplace relationships. 42% of leaders say that it is their biggest challenge when having employees work in a hybrid or remote set-up.

"There's no erasing the lived experience and lasting impact of the past two years, as flexibility and well-being have become non-negotiables for employees. By embracing and adapting to these new expectations, organizations can set their people and their business up for long-term success.”

- Jared Spataro, corporate vice president, Modern Work, Microsoft

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