Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has urged companies not to spy on employees who work from home, despite recent reports that bosses have less trust in employees who do so.
The company’s report shows that 85% of executives find it “challenging to trust employees to be productive,” despite a whopping 153% increase in Microsoft Teams meetings since before the pandemic.
Almost the same number of workers (87%) believe they are more productive when working from home and even report cases where they feel burned out. Virtual meeting declines are up 84% over the past two years, while tentative responses are up a whopping 216% as bosses turn to regular check-ins to monitor their teams’ performance.
Personnel monitoring with Microsoft Viva
“We need to overcome what we call ‘productivity paranoia’ because all the data we have shows that over 80% of individual employees feel they are very productive – except that their management thinks they are not productive are,” Nadella told the BBC (opens in new tab).
Added Microsoft Vice President Jared Spataro to Bloomberg (opens in new tab)“There is a growing debate about employee surveillance and [the company has] a really strong stance – we just think that’s wrong.”
“We don’t think employers should be monitoring and taking note of keystroke activity and mouse clicks and the like because in many ways we feel this is measuring heat rather than outcome.”
There’s a lot of employee tracking software out there, but Microsoft believes it can offer something different that encourages employees to prioritize their goals.
Accessed by 10 million monthly active users, its Viva platform has just undergone a major upgrade and offers even more valuable tools, including the launch of Viva Pulse, designed to facilitate feedback between the company’s employees.
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