Despite a recent survey that claims that employees are less trusting in their employees, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has urged companies not to spy on their employees who are working from home.
Despite a huge 153% rise in Microsoft Teams meetings since the epidemic, 85% of executives find it difficult to have confidence in employees.
Nearly the same percentage of workers (87%) believe they are more productive when working from home, and even report burnt out. Virtual meeting declines have increased by 84% in the last two or so years, while tentative RSVP reponses have increased by 26%, as managers are switching to regular check-ins to monitor their teams performance.
Monitoring staff with Microsoft Viva
"We need to get past what we call "productivity paranoia," according to all of the data we have that shows that 80% plus of individual people feel they''re very productive - except their management thinks they''re not productive," Nadella told the BBC (opens in a new tab).
Jared Spataro, the CEO of Microsoft, has been added to Bloomberg (opens in a new tab), there''s a growing concern about employee surveillance, and [the company has] a really strong attitude, which we just believe is wrong."
We do not believe that employers should be observing and taking note of both keystrokes and mouse clicks, as well as those kinds of things, because, in many ways, we believe that heat is more than outcome.
There are plenty of employee monitoring software out there, but Microsoft believes it can offer something different that will encourage employees to prioritize their goals.
The Viva platform, which is accessed by ten million active monthly users, has just received a major upgrade, which has provided even more valuable tools, including the introduction of Viva Pulse, a company that is designed to facilitate interactions.