Bosses think workers do less from home, says Microsoft



Microsoft’s chief executive Satya Nadella has said there’s a real disconnect in terms of expectations and what they feel about working from home. “We have to get past what we describe as ‘productivity paranoia’, because all of the data we have shows that 80% plus of the individual people feel they’re very productive – except their management thinks that they’re not productive,” she added. Notably, Microsoft employees can work from home up to 50% of the time as standard. However, 80% of


Microsoftの最高経営責任者Satya Nadellaは、期待と自宅での仕事について感じることの観点から、本当の切断があると述べています。「私たちは「生産性のパラノイア」と呼んでいるものを乗り越えなければなりません。なぜなら、私たちが持っているすべてのデータは、個々の人々の80%以上が彼らが非常に生産的だと感じていることを示しているからです。彼女は付け加えた。特に、Microsoftの従業員は、標準として最大50%の時間で自宅から働くことができます。ただし、80%


By Simon JackBusiness editor A major new survey from Microsoft shows that bosses and workers fundamentally disagree about productivity when working from home.


Bosses worry about whether working from home is as productive as being in the office.


While 87% of workers felt they worked as, or more, efficiently from home, 80% of managers disagreed.


The survey questioned more than 20,000 staff across 11 countries.


Microsoft chief executive Satya Nadella told the BBC this tension needed to be resolved as workplaces were unlikely to ever return to pre-pandemic work habits.

Microsoftの最高経営責任者Satya Nadellaは、BBCに、この緊張は、職場がパンデミック以前の仕事の習慣に戻る可能性が低いため、解決する必要があると語った。

“We have to get past what we describe as ‘productivity paranoia’, because all of the data we have that shows that 80% plus of the individual people feel they’re very productive – except their management thinks that they’re not productive.


“That means there is a real disconnect in terms of the expectations and what they feel.” Both Mr Nadella and Ryan Roslansky, the boss of Microsoft-owned LinkedIn, said employers were grappling with perhaps the biggest shift in working patterns in history.

「それは、期待と彼らが感じていることの観点から、本当の切断があることを意味します。」Microsoftが所有するLinkedInのボスであるNadella氏とRyan Roslanskyの両方は、雇用主はおそらく歴史の中で最も大きな変化に取り組んでいると述べました。

The number of fully-remote jobs advertised on LinkedIn soared during the pandemic but Mr Roslansky said data suggested that type of role might have peaked.


He told the BBC that of some 14 or 15 million job listings that are typically live on LinkedIn, about 2% of those involved remote working before the pandemic.


Some months ago, that stood at 20%, and it has since come down to 15% this month.


At a time of acute labour shortages, employers are having to work harder to recruit, enthuse and retain staff.


That even includes Microsoft itself, according to Mr Nadella.


“We had 70,000 people who joined Microsoft during the pandemic, they sort of saw Microsoft through the lens of the pandemic.


And now when we think about the next phase, you need to re-energize them, re-recruit them, help them form social connections.” Microsoft employees can work from home up to 50% of the time as standard.


More than that requires management approval or a move to part-time working.


Some companies have struggled to impose new working arrangements and expectations.


There has been resistance to calls at Apple to return to the office three days a week from September, while Tesla boss Elon Musk has demanded 40 hours a week in the office sending an email saying: “If you don’t show up, we will assume you have resigned.” An unprecedented number of people have also changed jobs since the start of the pandemic.

Appleで9月から週に3日オフィスに戻るという電話に抵抗がありましたが、テスラのボスであるElon Muskは、オフィスで週40時間を要求しています。あなたが辞任したと仮定します。」前例のない数の人々も、パンデミックの開始以来、仕事を変えました。

A phenomenon Microsoft has dubbed “the great reshuffle”, sees workers born after 1997 (so-called Generation Z) nearly twice as likely to switch jobs.

Microsoftの現象は「The Great Reshuffle」と呼ばれ、1997年以降に生まれた労働者(いわゆる世代Z)がジョブを切り替える可能性がほぼ2倍見られます。

“At the peak of our ‘great reshuffle’ we saw a year-on-year increase of 50% of LinkedIn members changing jobs.


Gen Z was at 90%,” the report said.


By 2030, Generation Z will make up about 30% of the entire workforce so managers need to understand them, according to LinkedIn’s boss.

LinkedInのボスによると、2030年までに、Generation Zは労働力全体の約30%を占めるため、マネージャーはそれらを理解する必要があります。

As you might expect, alongside its new observations Microsoft has new products aimed at easing this potential mismatch in expectations.


It is focusing on helping companies’ younger workers feel a sense of belonging to, and an ability to learn in, an organisation in the way staff did in the past.


Its new Viva software, for example, allows direct contact to senior managers, online teaching and a channel to share personal photos – somewhat like a company intranet site with bells on to ring in a new world of work, which employers in particular are struggling to navigate.