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Some bosses think their people do less when working from home

Microsoft has become the leader in productivity over many decades. Many of us can’t imagine doing day-to-day work without their software.
James Tilbury, CEO looks at the results of the tech giant’s recent survey into productivity in the workplace – and some of the results might surprise you.

Researchers surveyed 20,000 people working for businesses in 11 different countries. They discovered the majority of bosses don’t believe their employees are as productive when working from home.

In fact, four out of five employers said they thought their people get less done when working remotely. On the other hand, a massive 87% of employees felt they were more productive when working from home.

How is there such a big disconnect?

Microsoft boss, Satya Nadella blames what he calls “productivity paranoia”, the gap between what employers expect from their people, and what employees feel they give.

Maybe some business owners want to go back to before 2020, but their people prefer the flexibility of today’s hybrid working.

There’s a lot to gain from less commuting and a better work/life balance.

Could it be as simple as employers communicating more effectively with their employees?

For me, it’s about setting clear expectations and giving feedback if people aren’t performing properly.

It’s also important to make sure your team has the right tools and technology to allow them to get things done, no matter where they’re working.

Are their devices suitable for the job they’re doing? Do they have the right applications to communicate effectively and collaborate on projects?

Take the time to discuss the tools and technology you’re using with the people who use it every day.

You should also demonstrate how much you trust and value your people. In the long term, you’ll be rewarded with a loyal and productive team.

Find out more about Hybrid and remote working

If you need advice on finding the right tools and tech for your specific kind of business? We can help – just get in touch.


Published with permission from Your Tech Updates.

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