Some bosses think their people do less when working from home

Microsoft has become the leader in 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 most 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 got less done when 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?

Microsoft boss Satya Nadella blames what he calls “productivity paranoia.” That means a gap between what employers expect from their people and what employees feel.

Maybe some bosses want to return to how we worked before 2020… but their people prefer the flexibility of today’s hybrid working.

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

We believe bosses need to communicate better with their people.

Yes, that’s about setting clear expectations and giving feedback if they feel people aren’t performing correctly.

But it’s also essential to ensure your team has the right tools and technology to get things done, no matter where they’re working.

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

Take the time to discuss the tools and technology you use with the people who use it daily.

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

Do you need a hand finding the right tools and tech for your specific business? We can help – get in touch.

Published with permission from Your Tech Updates.