Hybrid Work Could Result in Increased Employee Burnout According to Microsoft Study

The vast majority of employees these days are taking advantage of remote working options. In fact, around 40% of employees said that they will not want to work for a company that does not give them the chance to work from home, something that will probably result in a massive shift with regards to employee and employer relations as well as influence the kind of works that gets done each and every day. However, is working from home really a convenient option? What we mean to ask is, do employees actually end up working even more if they choose to work remotely?

With all of that having been said and now out of the way, it is important to note that a recent report that was published by Microsoft indicates that until and unless remote work is carefully managed, it might just lead to employees working a lot more. This report involved the polling of 30,000 employees that were spread across 31 countries, so it is truly an indication of how this might become a problem in the future.

Employees might start to become somewhat dissatisfied due to what Microsoft is calling “Digital Overload”. Currently there is a lot of popularity surrounding hybrid work options. 70% of the employees surveyed said that they wanted to work from home, but 65% also said that they would want at least some kind of face to face contact with their teammates. Only a hybrid work setup would be able to facilitate this kind of thing, but there is a bit of a divide between employees and employers with regards to whether or not the current hybrid work set up is working with all things having been considered and taken into account.

60% of people with decision making power claimed that this was a good setup, but only 37% of employees felt like things were working out. Employees are generally attending more meetings and sending more emails than they used to, and this might be caused by a lack of separation between work and home which could result in increased instances of employee burnout.
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