Some points in Microsoft's recent Work Trend Index, which paints a picture of the work-life COVID has wrought, are clear and predictable. Hybrid work will be the new thing, workers are currently exhausted, and Gen Z is trailing in the wake of changes.
Though it was another aspect that offered a brutal exposition of what's really going on: 61 percent of leaders described themselves as "thriving."
"You what?" you might ask. "I'm desperately trying to work out of my bedroom, trapped on Zoom calls for eight hours a day, have no social life, and my bosses say they're doing great?"
Microsoft corporate vice president Jared Spataro said, "Those impromptu encounters at the office help keep leaders honest. With remote work, there are fewer chances to ask employees, 'Hey, how are you?' and then pick up on important cues as they respond. But the data is clear: Our people are struggling. And we need to find new ways to help them."
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