Microsoft has become the leader of productivity over many decades. Can you imagine doing your day-to-day work without their software? So, it’s no surprise the tech giant recently conducted a major new 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 that the majority of bosses don’t believe their employees are as productive when they are working from home. In fact, four out of five employers said they thought their people actually got less done when they are working remotely.

On the other hand, a massive 87% of staff felt they were MORE productive when working from home. How is there such a big disconnect between bosses and staff?

Microsoft boss, Satya Nadella has an idea. He blames what he calls “productivity paranoia”. What this means is that there is a gap between what employers expect form their people, and what employees feel.  Maybe some bosses want to go back to the way we were working before 2020…but their people prefer the flexibility of todays hybrid working.

There is a lot to gain from less commuting and a better work/life balance. We believe bosses need to communicate better with their people. Yes, that is about setting clear expectations and giving feedback if they feel people aren’t performing properly, but it is also important to make sure your team have the right tools and technology to allow them to get things done, no matter where they are working. Are their devices suitable for the job they are doing? Do they have the right applications to communicate effectively and collaborate on projects?

Take the time to discuss the tools and technology you are using with the people who use it everyday. You should also demonstrate how much you trust and value your team and people. In the long run you will be rewarded with a loyal and productive team. There is a clear correlation between happy staff and productivity.


Published with permission from Your Tech Updates.