Microsoft has become the leader in productivity over many decades. But can you imagine doing your day-to-day work without their software?


So, it's no surprise that the tech giant recently finished a major new survey into productivity within the workplace – some of the results may surprise you.


Researchers surveyed over 20,000 people working for businesses in 11 countries.


They discovered that most bosses don't believe their employees are as productive when working from home.


Four out of five employers thought their people got less done when working remotely.


On the other hand, a massive 87% of staff felt they were more productive when working from home.


Why is there such a big disconnect?


Microsoft's boss Satya Nadella blames what he calls "productivity paranoia." That means a gap between what employers expect from their people and what employees feel.


Maybe some bosses want to return to how we worked before 2020… but their people prefer the flexibility of today's hybrid working.


There's much to gain from having less commuting and a better work/life balance.


While we believe people in charge need to communicate better with their staff.


And yes, that's about setting clear expectations and giving helpful feedback if they feel people aren't performing correctly.


But it's also essential to ensure the team has the right tools and technology to get things done, no matter where they're working from.


You must ask, Are their devices suitable for their job? Do they have appropriate applications to communicate effectively and collaborate on projects with others?


It takes time and effort to discuss the tools and technology with the people who use them daily.


Demonstrate how much you trust and value their input. You'll be rewarded with a loyal and productive long-term team.


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