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How to Boost Productivity Amid the Rise of Hybrid Work Trends

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The hybrid workplace is the new reality, but the lines between work and play are blurring even further with digitization accelerating at breakneck speed. While some are thriving with this new arrangement, many are facing challenges.

Microsoft’s Job Trends Index (WTI) 2021, which uncovers hybrid job trends during the pandemic, revealed that 49 percent of Singapore’s workforce is considering leaving their employer this year.

The Index also revealed contributing trends, including employee needs for continuous flexible remote work, leaders unaware of how employees are doing, and high productivity masking a depleted workforce.

Focused on helping organizations maximize hybrid work models, the Index outlined the findings of a study of more than 30,000 people in 31 countries, including Singapore.

Backed by exclusive research and expert insights, it shows how employees are dealing with disruptions in their current work arrangements and what leaders can do to better support their employees.

Post-pandemic: a new reality for the majority

Last year, we witnessed how companies went from working in offices to working remotely. This disruption created an early emotional boost about the potential benefits of remote work: new job opportunities for some and more family time for most.

Flexible and hybrid work models are now defining the workplace after a pandemic, and employees want the best of both worlds: more time in person (66 percent) and continued choices about whether or when to travel (82 percent). .

The results of the data are clear. Employees want to be in control of where, when and how they work, and they expect companies to give them options.

It is essential to recognize this rapid transformation in the way we work and to consider the configuration of the environment for employees to achieve greater productivity in the new work model, including collaboration, learning and well-being.

Invest in the Right Tool to Succeed in the Hybrid Work Model / Image Credit: Microsoft

Being able to be perfectly connected, no matter the location, is paramount to the success of the hybrid work model. The right tool, or laptop, to master flexible working will be key.

Prepared for uninterrupted team calls and reliable security with built-in OneDrive cloud storage, Surface Laptop 4 boasts an all-day 19-hour battery life to accompany you from the kitchen table to the office, the coffee shop and more. there.

How to combat digital exhaustion while telecommuting

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Remote Work / Image Credit: Microsoft

Since remote working is the default for most, it is not unusual to have meetings outside of office hours or receive an email at 10 p.m. The dividing lines between work and personal life have been blurred, which often results in longer working hours than before.

The index also highlighted that the high productivity of employees working remotely has resulted in a depleted workforce. 58 percent of workers in Singapore feel they are overworked and 49 percent feel exhausted.

Aggravated by the speed and urgency of virtual work, digital static, the gap between what you are trying to communicate online and what the person receiving the message understands, has contributed to increased fatigue, anxiety and burnout.

In addition to introducing regular breaks from work to reduce burnout, it is equally important to build social capital, foster collaboration between teams, and workplace networks to support increased productivity and innovation.

Fighting digital burnout from above through analytics and insights into how employees are doing can help leaders build a better workplace.

With Workplace Analytics in Microsoft Viva Insights, managers and leaders have access to anonymous information about the well-being of the team and the organization. This helps them control things like meeting overload or weekend work while rethinking employee experiences.

Be equipped with good technology hardware

Hybrid work does not make offices obsolete.

Instead, it challenges business leaders and employers to carefully consider how they can upgrade the office for hybrid work, while rethinking policies to encourage and strengthen employee morale and engagement. This requires a plan that puts people at the center and encompasses politics, physical space, and technology.

Beyond the need to bridge the physical and digital world of equipment, organizations must ensure that people are equipped with good technological hardware to fully participate from home, in the office, on the move, and from the manufacturing plant.

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Microsoft Surface Laptop 4 / Image Credit: Microsoft

With a next-gen design on the Surface Laptop 4, it’s easier to capture ideas on the high-resolution PixelSense ™ touchscreen when inspiration strikes, or to test your serious multitasking skills backed with (processor) power to do everything from apps. creative to casual games.

As virtual meetings become common these days, a laptop with a good webcam and microphone is just as important as dressing appropriately for a meeting with a client.

With a high-definition front camera, even in low light, and dual built-in studio microphones that can reduce background noise, Surface Laptop 4 is sure to be your trusted ally.

The way forward with Microsoft Surface Laptop 4

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Microsoft Surface Laptop 4 / Image Credit: Microsoft

Whether you’re in the field for or against the future of hybrid work, it is inevitable that hybrid work will be the default as countries and economies slowly recover from the pandemic.

While the challenges of the new phase of work, such as digital burnout and overwork, are inevitable, there is hope for future respite as hybrid work becomes the norm.

The future of the workplace will also see employees and employers adopt a balance of synchronous and asynchronous collaboration, offering people more flexibility to collaborate in meetings where creativity and dynamic topics take precedence, while informational topics are highlighted. and technicians to long-form document collaboration, or through team channels or email.

With sustainability principles built into Microsoft devices, the new Surface Laptop 4 is designed to minimize the impact on people and the planet.

In addition to reinventing the product lifecycle, Microsoft is also helping businesses and employees perform tasks with style, performance, and speed while reducing their carbon footprint.

Just as we have adapted to the new realities of the workplace, our hardware must also evolve.

Microsoft Surface Laptop 4 is now available for purchase online at Microsoft Store Singapore or in-store at all authorized retailers.

This article was written in collaboration with Microsoft..

Featured Image Credit: Microsoft

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