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It is already proven: People work more and better from home

Work dynamics are no longer the same as two years ago. Digitization changed the world and, contrary to what you might think, people have maintained their productivity despite being away from an office. However, there are still gaps within corporations regarding the fulfillment of the tasks that leaders consider most important.

According to data from a , people are working harder and harder than ever in the hybrid environment of the new normal. In fact, 87% of employees surveyed said they are productive at work and even the number of meetings has increased 153% globally for the average Microsoft Teams user since the start of the pandemic.

However, while workers report increased productivity, many leaders are concerned that they have lost the visual cues of work that they had by sharing the same space.

Compared with face-to-face managers, hybrid managers are more likely to say they have a hard time trusting their employees to do their best work (49% vs. 36%). They have called this phenomenon paranoia of productivity and they consider that from this there is a risk of making hybrid work unsustainable.

Seth Patton, general director of Microsoft 365, mentions in an interview with Expansión that leaders have to go from worrying about whether their people are working hard enough, to helping them focus on the work that is most important and giving them effective feedback on what what is required of them.

In this regard, 81% of employees mentioned that their bosses can also contribute to solving this problem, as they stated that their bosses should help them prioritize their workloads. However, less than a third (31%) say their bosses have ever given clear guidance during one-on-one meetings.

One of the most important aspects that Patton highlights is empowering the workforce in their remote environment, in order to make them feel more connected to the company’s mission.

“Leaders need to connect with their employees, but they also need to be better communicators. These types of skills are at the top of what was required to be successful during the pandemic and after this period, ”says the specialist.

He highlights that to improve these aspects of the work, Microsoft has generated new tools on its Viva platform, such as Pulse, an application that allows managers to obtain regular and confidential feedback on their team’s experience, in order to determine what is working well. and what to focus on.

Growth opportunities are also relevant for employees. According to the report, just over half of workers believe that to learn new skills they must leave the company. However, more than 60% agreed that they would stay in their positions if the company facilitated a specialization focused on career growth.

Relationship with colleagues, the reason to return to the office

Another point Microsoft stresses about the new normal of work is that people come to the office to see their colleagues, as this space can help rebuild social capital.

“Reconnecting with coworkers and rebuilding team bonds motivates employees to come to the office, especially younger workers. And authentic digital communication is critical to keeping people connected in and out of the office,” the report reads.

While authentic digital connection has the power to replace some face-to-face meetings, Patton stresses that the biggest challenge for leaders is building that relationship consistently and meaningfully online.

“Thriving employees are what will give organizations a competitive advantage in today’s dynamic economic environment,” Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella concluded in a statement.

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