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Microsoft: Reimagining the Future of Work

The rapidly-changing way in how work is being performed strengthens the importance for corporate decision makers to adapt and stay competitive in today’s economy.

This entry is part 3 of 5 in the series Exploring the Future of Work

The Microsoft Modern Work practice is headlined by their white paper: “Reimagining the Future of Work”.

They describe how Covid-19 forced a reevaluation of what work is and how it can be maintained and even flourish under difficult physical circumstances.

The rapidly-changing way in how work is being performed strengthens the importance for corporate decision makers to adapt and stay competitive in today’s economy.

Ignoring the change in work poses a threat to an organization’s future performance, while the right measures can lead to new opportunities. An organization’s culture is a key enabler for change (McKinsey & Company, 2021) and it must support virtual teams.

Employees should be encouraged to work collaboratively, even when geographically dispersed. Collaboration trends in our digital experiences show that interactions with our close-knit network have strengthened, while our interactions with distant networks have diminished with the move to remote work.

To enable remote work, preventing digital fatigue and eliminating repetitive tasks by implementing digital automation is becoming critical. Intent is needed to define a company’s automation strategy—focusing on high-value automation opportunities, redefining job description and training needs, and setting up the right governance for the implementation of automation. Successful implementation will require strong involvement from both business and IT.

The New Future of Work

This is supported by insights from Microsoft Research, detailed in this report: The New Future of Work, an initiative comprising Microsoft researchers, product leaders, and policy makers dedicated to creating solutions for a future of work that is meaningful, productive, and equitable.

It is further explored in detail across a series of videos:

  • Team Collaboration – Great collaboration requires thoughtful choices that improve (or eliminate) meetings. Discover how we can use technology like video and AR/VR more intentionally—reducing employee stress and security challenges.
  • Hybrid Workspaces By one rule of thumb, workspace expenses equal 10% of wage costs, which means well-crafted workplaces that boost productivity can pay for themselves. Discover how blended spaces can optimize teamwork and efficiency.
  • Asynchronous collaboration People spend 250% more time in meetings than before the remote work transition. Discover how asynchronous collaboration can help workers get what they need to stay productive—even when they choose to skip a meeting.
  • Individual Productivity and Well-Being – Many people feel more productive working remotely, but nearly as many prefer working onsite. There’s no one-size-fits-all answer. Discover how a hybrid approach can boost productivity.
  • Organizational Well-Being – People who feel valued at work are less likely to suffer burnout or quit. Discover how enthusiastic workers in a strong workplace culture can help an organization flourish.
  • AI-powered Social Platforms AI-curated online communities can break down workplace siloes and improve knowledge sharing—leading to happier employees. Discover how enterprise social platforms can jumpstart innovation and boost the bottom line.

Series Navigation<< Is The Future of Work in the Metaverse? Microsoft Mesh Brings The Spatial Web into the OfficeInfusing AI into Surface and Teams Phone to Enable the Smart Office Workplace >>

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