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Issy-Les-Moulineaux, March 16, 2022 – Microsoft today reveals the results of its annual Work Trend Index report, an international observatory of work trends that have emerged over the past year. The study shows that this is far from just a trend linked to the health crisis hybrid work is taking hold and pushing managers 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 labor trend index highlights five key trends with regard to hybrid work:

1. Employees choose 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 anyone else in the world (52%), an increase of 3% compared to 2021.

2. Managers are torn between the expectations of their managers and 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 (versus 74% of managers globally).
  • 48% of managers in France believe that their management team is not in line with employee expectations (compared to 54% worldwide).
  • 52% of French managers fear that productivity has been affected by the shift to remote or hybrid working (versus 54% globally), while 81% of employees consider themselves as or more productive.

3. Managers must make the workplace attractive

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

4. Flexibility does not mean “always connected”

  • The weekly time spent in meetings per employee has been 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 increase, and the number of messages sent per person has increased 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 that must be rethought in a hybrid world

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

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

  • Outlook RSVP : to facilitate the organization of meetings by indicating whether you are attending 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 people 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 to appear in your slides during a PowerPoint presentation.
  • The “Library of Inspiration” in Microsoft Viva Insights: sharing Microsoft’s “best practices” with managers as well as those from experts from the Harvard Business Review and the Thrive coaching application.

To learn more, please see here the blog post by 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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