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Microsoft Work Trend Index Finds Remote Work Here to Stay


Microsoft has revealed the results of it’s first ever Work Trend Index, a study designed to understand the most common working habits in the modern business world.  The report, "The Next Great Disruption Is Hybrid Work — Are We Ready?" dives into the specifics of how remote work has changed the business landscape, and details how businesses should adapt to the challenges brought on by the pandemic.

According to Microsoft’s report, the preference for remote capabilities for work has risen dramatically in the last year, with 73% of survey participants stating they want flexible remote work options after the pandemic. Research also found that LinkedIn search requests for remote job opportunities increased more than five times over the last year, further demonstrating the desire from workers to continue their business outside of the typical office environment. The creators of the report stress that business leaders need to address this dynamic change in work culture, and should consider adjusting work strategies to adapt to a hybrid work model.

The report revealed seven specific trends that businesses should be mindful of in the post-pandemic work era:

  • Flexible work is here to stay.
  • Leaders are out of touch with employees and need a wake-up call.
  • High productivity is masking an exhausted workforce.
  • Gen Z is at risk and will need to be re-energized.
  • Shrinking networks are endangering innovation.
  • Authenticity will spur productivity and well-being.
  • Talent is everywhere in a hybrid work world.

"The choices you make today will impact your organization for years to come. It's a moment that requires clear vision and a growth mindset," said Jared Spataro, corporate vice president for Microsoft 365. "These decisions will impact everything from how you shape culture, to how you attract and retain talent, to how you can better foster collaboration and innovation."

Edited by Maurice Nagle

Future of Work Contributor

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