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Issy-Les-Moulineaux, March 16, 2022 – Microsoft today unveils the results of its annual Work Trend Index report, an international observatory of labor trends that have emerged over the past year. Far from being just a trend linked to the health crisis, the study shows that hybrid work takes hold and pushes leaders to redefine their model. Big questions arise for them: what is the role of the workplace? How do you build social capital in a digitally driven world?

In this study, Microsoft experts and researchers looked at the aspirations of 31,000 people in 31 countries regarding the office of tomorrow and the role of technology. The Work Trend Index highlights five key trends in terms of hybrid work:

1. Employees opt for a new pro/personal equation

  • 48% of respondents in France are more likely to prioritize health and well-being at work than before the pandemic (vs. 53% globally).
  • 49% of French Gen Zers and Millennials would consider changing employers this year, up 4% from last year (compared to 43% across all age groups, up 2 %). They are more than one in two in the world (52%), up 3% compared to 2021.

2. Managers are torn between the expectations of their leaders and those of their employees

  • 72% of managers in France would like to be able to implement more changes for their team, but lack the means and autonomy in decision-making (vs. 74% of managers globally).
  • 48% of managers in France believe that their management team is not in line with employee expectations (vs. 54% worldwide).
  • 52% of French managers fear that productivity has been affected by the shift to remote or hybrid work (vs. 54% globally) while 81% of employees consider themselves as or more productive.

3. Leaders must make the workplace attractive

  • Only 26% of French leaders have developed a hybrid framework to define when and why to go to the office (vs. 28% of leaders globally).
  • 28% of hybrid workers say their biggest challenge is knowing when to work remotely and when to get to work (vs. 38% globally).

4. Flexibility Doesn’t Mean “Always Connected”

  • Weekly time spent in meetings per employee has remained stable this year after increasing by more than 250% since March 2020 (global figures only).
  • Over the past two years, the use of instant messaging has continued to rise, with the number of messages sent per person increasing by 27% (world figures only).
  • 39% of employees in France are open to using digital immersive spaces in the metaverse for meetings or team meetings over the next year. A figure that rises to 52% worldwide.

5. Social capital to be rethought in a hybrid world

  • 33% of people currently working in hybrid mode in France plan to go fully remote in the next year (vs 51% globally).
  • 49% of hybrid workers have less social connection since switching to hybrid work (vs. 59% globally).
  • 48% of French leaders say that maintaining social ties is the main challenge of remote or hybrid work (vs. 48% of leaders worldwide).

Based on the findings of the Work Trend Index, Microsoft is today unveiling 7 new features integrated into Microsoft 365 for hybrid work:

  • Outlook RSVP : to facilitate the organization of meetings by indicating whether you are participating in person or remotely.
  • Meeting rooms with “Front Row”: a video gallery that appears at the bottom of the screen so that in-person participants can see their colleagues connected remotely, as if they were in the same room.
  • Surface Hub 2 with “Smart Camera”: Microsoft’s first AI-powered camera. It provides automatic cropping and image correction as well as a wide field of view for those at a distance, regardless of room size and configuration.
  • Teams Connect: Collaborate seamlessly and securely with multiple organizations, without having to switch Teams environments.
  • PowerPoint Recording Studio : to save your presentations and share them with your colleagues.
  • Cameo: a new feature that lets you decide how and where you appear in your slides during a PowerPoint presentation.
  • The “Inspiration Library” in Microsoft Viva Insights: to share Microsoft “best practices” with managers as well as those of experts from the Harvard Business Review and the Thrive coaching application.

To learn more, please discover here the blogpost of Jared Spataro, Corporate Vice President, Microsoft 365.

Press contacts:

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Elizabeth Maës – 01 41 34 22 02 [email protected]

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