The company's latest update hopes to address some of the most harmful aspects of hybrid work

The company's latest update hopes to address some of the most harmful aspects of hybrid work ...

Microsoft has revealed the results of a massive new study that investigates what''s still going wrong with hybrid work.

The Hybrid Work Is Not Just Working. Are We Doing It Wrong? The report (opens in a new tab) reveals 20,000 people from 11 countries, collecting trillions of Microsoft''s productivity signals.

According to the study, individuals are working more than ever before, although managers continue to dwindle in response to their employees'' productivity.

Productivity risks?

According to the results, users are having 153 percent more meetings than pre-pandemic levels in Microsoft Teams, resulting in a 84% increase in meeting decreases and a 216% increase in tentative RSVPs.

The significant increase in meetings may be attributed to the perception that hybrid work has made it difficult to have confidence in employee productivity, according to 85% of survey participants.

Following a recent spike in hybrid working and WFH routines, companies are looking for new avenues to target their audiences.

Microsoft believes managers should focus on helping their workers become more productive and to prioritize their workload, instead of the so-called productivity paranoia. To help with this, its new Viva Pulse app is designed to provide feedback to employees and leaders, with research-backed concerns and confidentiality at heart.

Return to office?

Apple adopted a return-to-office policy earlier this year, despite Google''s return policy, while Tesla CEO Elon Musk has threatened to fire office no-shows. For many, however, the prospect of leaving their house isn''t an unusual one. Microsoft claims that 73% of employees and 78% of business decision makers need a better reason to go in than just company expectations.

Some of the main reasons for getting into the formal working facility are to socialize with colleagues and improve teamwork on projects that require collaboration.

According to the study, businesses are building better digital communities to help workers stay connected. Viva Amplify, a feature of Viva, which is designed to assist users with enhanced messages with built-in guidance. Other enhancements, like People in Viva and Viva Answers, use artificial intelligence to help create better connections and responses.

WFH and side hustles

The third question, called re-recruit your employees, comes in response to LinkedIn data, which claims that Gen Z employees are changing jobs 22% faster this year than the previous, citing Job-hopping, the creator economy, side hustles, and entrepreneurship as the main drivers.

Despite their desire for development, 76% of respondents said they would stay in their businesses longer if they had more learning opportunities. Instead of seeing a career as a vertical ladder, the report believes that businesses should employ a more climbing wall or playground approach that allows employees to expand in a wide range of directions.