Microsoft also has a vision for the future of hybrid work

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by Gianluca Riccio

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Microsoft also has a vision for the future of hybrid work

Vaccination campaigns continue at full speed and many start returning to the office after working from home during the pandemic, but Microsoft believes hybrid work will be the future. And I agree.

In a LinkedIn post, the CEO of Microsoft Satya Nadella ha spiegato come il passaggio al lavoro ibrido richiederà un nuovo modello operativo che comprenderà “persone, luoghi e processi”. Nadella ha fornito ulteriori dettagli su quello che chiama “il paradosso del lavoro ibrido”:

L’approccio di ogni azienda dovrà cambiare per soddisfare le esigenze specifiche dei propri dipendenti. Secondo la nostra ricerca, la stragrande maggioranza dei dipendenti vuole opzioni di lavoro a distanza più flessibili, ma afferma anche di volere una maggiore collaborazione di persona, dopo la pandemia. Questo è il paradosso del lavoro ibrido.

Satya Nadella, Microsoft CEO

The software giant also released a small 33-page paper to share all the data, research and best practices he has designed with other organizations to help them adapt to what he believes will be the future of work.

Here is an example of a hybrid scenario envisioned by Microsoft

The future is hybrid

In addition to this “hybrid work guide” Microsoft has also released a video showing how it believes office meeting spaces will need to be transformed to support this new model. Now that workers around the world have become accustomed to using Microsoft Teams and other video conferencing software, video calling will be an essential part of hybrid work, enabling both in-person and remote employees to participate.

Il concept video dell’azienda (which you can watch here) is geared towards making videoconferencing more like a face-to-face meeting. It's a trend that even platforms like Zoom they are following, but this is the first approach to a "mixed" physical-digital scenario.

What will the working environment be like?

While Microsoft's Together mode brings attendees together in a virtual space in Teams, the Redmond company has reinvented the format somewhat. In this hybrid environment, remote participants appear at the bottom of the screen with shared documents above them. That way, those seated in presence in a meeting room can make eye contact with them as well. The audio also plays its part, as it provides the feeling that remote participants are physically present in the same environment.

In summary: Microsoft is betting everything on hybrid work: we will see if the pandemic has really changed everything.