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Crazy Thing That Has Changed About Work – Microsoft Speaks With 31,000 People

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Back to the office? Maybe not. We have all had to reassess our work-life and lives especially as it is confirmed that a crazy thing has changed about work. Somehow, though, we just never find the time. Ambitions drive us. Work overwhelms us. And time messes with our minds. How, then, have we changed during the two years of the pandemic? Have we stopped to […]

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Microsoft has been intensely researching what’s happening to our heads and souls so as to help its customers and employees realize what’s really happening.

The company chatted with 31,000 people all over the world — and looked at trillions of productivity signals from its own software — to ask “What gives?” and “Who’s taken to this remote thing?”

People have really, really stopped to consider the meaning of life.

Do you know what they found out? You want to know the crazy thing that has changed about work? They found out that managers can’t manage. But is that their fault? Almost three-quarters of those surveyed say they just can’t change things for employees, either because they don’t have the resources or because they’ve lost their influence.

The good thing is that it is managers that are the one complaining and not someone else on their behalf. The fact is that leadership is completely out of touch with employees. 

Data Speaks About The Crazy Thing That Has Changed About Work

53% of employees are now more likely to prioritize work-life balance than before the pandemic.

The most pungent conclusion from this study is a philosophical one: People have really, really stopped to consider the meaning of life.

51% of hybrid employees say they are considering a switch to remote. Meanwhile, 57% of remote employees are considering a shift to hybrid.  A substantial number — 38% — admit they’re not entirely clear about the point of an office anymore. Though many confess they’re missing the ability to build real human relationships at work. 53% of employees are now more likely to prioritize work-life balance than before the pandemic.

And 43% of employees are somewhat or extremely likely to consider changing jobs in the coming year.

How Do Those Roses Smell?

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