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Staff say they work just as well at home as they do in the office… But guess what? Bosses disagree

More than 85 percent of workers feel they are just as efficient at home, or more

The WFH’s Great Divide: Staff say they work just as well at home as they do in the office… But guess what? bosses disagree

  • Microsoft survey found that 80 percent of managers think staff do more in the office
  • But 87 percent of employees feel they are as efficient at home, or more
  • LinkedIn boss Ryan Roslansky said 15 percent of jobs involve remote work
  • Workers entered the position 1.5 days a week in June and July, according to survey

Most workers insist they can work productively from home, but their bosses overwhelmingly disagree, a survey finds.

The Microsoft survey found that 80 percent of managers think employees get more done in the office.

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But 87 percent of their staff feel they are just as efficient at home, or more so. The tech giant asked more than 20,000 workers in 11 countries for their thoughts on working from home.

Microsoft chief executive Satya Nadella told the BBC: “We have to overcome what we describe as ‘productivity paranoia’ because all the data we have shows that more than 80 per cent of people feel they are very productive. , except your management thinks you are not productive.

“That means there’s a real disconnect in terms of expectations and what they feel.”

More than 85 percent of workers feel they are just as efficient at home, or more

More than 85 percent of workers feel they are just as efficient at home, or more

Nadella and Ryan Roslansky, head of LinkedIn, the Microsoft-owned networking site for professionals, said Covid had triggered one of the biggest shifts in working patterns in history.

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Roslansky said that just 2 percent of job postings on LinkedIn involved remote work before the pandemic. That peaked at 20 percent a few months ago and is now hovering around 15 percent.

Nadella said the 70,000 workers who have joined Microsoft since Covid saw the company “through the lens of the pandemic.” She added: “Now when we think about the next phase, we need to reinvigorate them, re-recruit them, help them form social connections.” The company typically allows staff to work from home 50 percent of the time.

Companies both large and small are now grappling with how to get workers back into offices. Tesla boss Elon Musk controversially warned his staff: “If you don’t show up, we’ll assume he’s resigned.”

A survey of British workers in June and July found that they went to the office less than 1.5 days a week on average. Office attendance remains low despite the Covid alert level being lowered to two, meaning the virus is in general circulation, but “direct health care pressures and transmission are easing or remaining.” stable”.

Some bosses have suggested that the cost-of-living crisis may drive people back to offices to avoid the energy costs of working from home.

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