Significantly reduced interaction with employees: Microsoft Remote Work-Study

A study of the communication habits of Microsoft employees points to the lack of communication between teams in the work-at-home era. The study, which included 61,000 Microsoft employees, found that people who worked from home during the pandemic were less likely to talk to strangers.

The survey also found that employees take longer to interact with new hires than in pre-pandemic periods when working in the office.

The results of the study, published in the scientific journal “Nature Human Behavior”, analyzed the communicative behavior of employees between December 2019 and June 2020. In March 2020, the behavior patterns were analyzed before and after a distance of 100%. Lo The study was conducted by a team of researchers from Microsoft and the Berkeley Haas School of Business at the University of California, which for the first time examined the impact of an enterprise-wide change to counting.

It was learned that communication between members of different teams – people with whom employees had ‘weak ties’ – was less common. According to the report, a tie would only be defined as “strong” if it forms part of 50% of an employee’s ties in terms of time or number of hours spent in communication; otherwise, it would be defined as “weak”.

The survey found that employees spend 25% less time collaborating between groups and take longer to connect with new colleagues. However, you build stronger bonds with immediate team members while working from home.

The company’s average workweek has increased by about 10% since the full-time remote control. The increase in the workweek may indicate that employees were less productive and taking longer to complete tasks or that they were using up time they would otherwise spend on the way to work. Employees can also spread out their work time for much of the day because they have done homework or other activities with each other.

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