23 Jun 5 Key Trends Leaders Need to Understand to Get Hybrid Right
Microsoft’s Work Trend Index, based on input from 31,000 people in 31 countries and vast productivity data, provides valuable insights for leaders to navigate the year ahead. The pandemic has transformed employee expectations and work patterns, necessitating a new mindset and cultural norms for sustained success. Five key trends are highlighted by author Jared Spataro to empower teams and drive success:
1. Diverse Work Priorities: Workers are redefining their priorities, with health and well-being gaining prominence alongside family. Gen Z and Millennials are considering job changes, emphasizing positive culture in new companies. Addressing these changing expectations can attract and retain top talent.
2. Manager Challenges: Managers feel torn between leadership and employee needs, with many believing their output remains steady despite executives’ perceptions. Bridging the gap between managers and teams is crucial for effective leadership.
3. Redefining the Office: Many hybrid workers consider full remote work, but inclusion and etiquette in virtual meetings need improvement. Leaders must make the office worth the commute and set guidelines for hybrid meetings.
4. Flexible Work Boundaries: After-hours and weekend work has increased significantly, prompting the need for defining new norms and boundaries to prevent an “always-on” culture.
Rebuilding Social Capital: Hybrid work impacts social ties, and new employees require additional support. Organizations must prioritize relationship-building and team motivation, embracing adaptability for a competitive edge.