Microsoft has partnered with a number of research companies to survey 9,000 employees and business leaders in 15 European countries to learn about their remote experiences and expectations for the future.
The study found that both managers and workers are reluctant to return to the old ways of doing business after the end of the pandemic. However, due to the refusal to work in the office from 9 to 18, many teams feel less united. As a result, the individual productivity of workers increases, but there is also a decrease in the level of innovation and creativity.
Business leaders are focused on making blended technologies work effectively – 95% of CEOs immediately noted the importance of changing the way their companies operate to make them more innovative and agile.
Key research facts:
- Last year, only 15% of companies had flexible working hours, and now 76% do this.
- 9 out of 10 business leaders (88%) expect more flexible working hours in the long term.
- Employees would like to spend approximately one third (31%) of their workweek outside their traditional office.
- Business leaders see the benefits of both productivity and efficiency in flexible working hours: 82% of managers say their company’s productivity has stayed the same or even improved as people move to remote work, and 56% see cost savings benefits from this. work.
Interestingly, the biggest challenge companies face when moving to flexible working hours is not technology, but maintaining team cohesion.
The three main challenges for employees when working remotely are: maintaining proper working conditions, team spirit, and overcoming growing disunity. Another 39% of leaders say they find it difficult to create a strong and united culture in the team, and 61% feel that they have not learned how to effectively delegate and empower virtual teams.
“For many businesses, their daily routine was based on a traditional office setting. This makes it difficult for many employees to quickly adapt to the new way of working remotely. This also applies to managers and executives who are faced with the challenge of not only ensuring that core business goals are met in an environment of heightened uncertainty, but also ensuring the cohesion and engagement of their teams during difficult times, ”said Sarah Fisher, general manager of human resources, Microsoft EMEA.