Friday 23 September 2022 10:29 AM Bosses think staff do LESS work at home despite 87% of employees insisting they ... trends now

Friday 23 September 2022 10:29 AM Bosses think staff do LESS work at home despite 87% of employees insisting they ... trends now
Friday 23 September 2022 10:29 AM Bosses think staff do LESS work at home despite 87% of employees insisting they ... trends now

Friday 23 September 2022 10:29 AM Bosses think staff do LESS work at home despite 87% of employees insisting they ... trends now

Bosses think workers are less productive at home while workers feel they are more efficient, a major new survey has revealed.

The survey from Microsoft questioned more than 20,000 staff from 11 countries and found that bosses and their employees fundamentally disagree about working from home. 

Microsoft chief executive Satya Nadella told the BBC this tension needed to be resolved as workplaces were unlikely to ever return to pre-pandemic work habits.

'We have to get past what we describe as 'productivity paranoia', because all of the data we have that shows that 80% plus of the individual people feel they're very productive - except their management thinks that they're not productive.

'That means there is a real disconnect in terms of the expectations and what they feel.'

The survey found 87 per cent of workers felt they worked as, or more, efficiently from home while 80 per cent of managers disagreed. 

Bosses think workers are less productive at home while workers feel they are more efficient, a major new survey has revealed. Pictured: Microsoft Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella

Bosses think workers are less productive at home while workers feel they are more efficient, a major new survey has revealed. Pictured: Microsoft Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella

The survey found 87 per cent of workers felt they worked as, or more, efficiently from home

The survey found 87 per cent of workers felt they worked as, or more, efficiently from home

The division means employees are embracing hybrid working and are resistant to return to pre-Covid working patters.

Microsoft says that trillions productivity signals across Microsoft Office continue to climb which would seem to support workers' position.

However, the study also revealed that 85 per cent of bosses say the shift to hybrid work has made it challenging to have confidence that employees are being productive.

The tech giant said this has lead some firms to use tracking technology to measure how productive employees are being which in turn undermines trust and leads to 'productivity theatre' - where employees go out of their way to appear busy.

Both Mr Nadella and Ryan Roslansky, the boss of LinkedIn which is owned by Microsoft, told the BBC this meant employers are facing the biggest shift in working patterns in history.

Bosses are missing the visual cues of productivity because employees are not in the office and so become paranoid staff are not working as hard as they could be, Microsoft said. 

Pictured: Ryan Roslansky, the boss of LinkedIn, says remote working jobs may have peaked

Pictured: Ryan Roslansky, the boss of LinkedIn, says remote working jobs may have peaked

The company warned that this type of paranoia may make hybrid working unsustainable.

The study found 81 per cent of employees say

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