Does Working Remotely Mean Less Productivity?

Oct 14, 2022

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 across 11 different countries.

They discovered the majority of bosses believe their employees are less productive when working from home.

The results found that 80% of employers said they thought their people got less done when working remotely.

On the flip side, a massive 87% of employees think they were MORE productive when working from home.

So, how could there be such a big disconnect?

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

Maybe some bosses want to go back to the way we worked before 2020… but their people prefer the flexibility of todays’ hybrid work schedule.

Employees can also benefit greatly without having to commute into work each day and have a better work/life balance.

But going back to the gap in the survey: what has been leading to this disconnect anyways?

What we believe is that bosses need to communicate better with their people.

Part of it is setting clear expectations and giving feedback if they think people aren’t performing as well as they should.

It’s crucial to make sure your team have the right tools and technology that will allow them to get things done, no matter where they’re working.

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

Take the time to discuss the tools and technology you’re using with employees who use it every day.

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

Need a hand finding the right tools and tech for your specific kind of business? We can help – just get in touch with us at Itechra.

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