Bosses Scared Employees Slack Off While Working From Home: Satya Nadella
SAN FRANCISCO, CA (IANS) – Amid the rise of work-from-home culture post-Covid-19 lockdowns, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said that bosses are scared that their employees slack off while working from home.
“We have to get past what we describe as ‘productivity paranoia,’ because all of the data we have that shows that 80 percent plus of the individual people feel they’re very productive — except their management thinks that they’re not productive,” Nadella ‘Windows Central’ quoted him as saying.
“That means there is a real disconnect in terms of the expectations and what they feel,” he added.
The CEO referred to a major survey across its organization about working from home.
In that survey, 87 percent of Microsoft employees feel they are more productive while working from home, whereas 80 percent of Microsoft’s managerial layer think workers are less productive.
Nadella also noted that before the pandemic, only 2 percent of the vacancies on LinkedIn included remote working, but since the pandemic, that amount has jumped to 20 percent.
Microsoft’s current work-from-home policy allows up to 50 percent of employee time to be spent working remotely, with more than 50 percent becoming subject to managerial approval.
If an employee is conscientious about his work and meets deadlines for project deliverables discussed with the manager prior to start of projects, and the type of work does not need the employee at the work site, then work from home can be good for employee, company, and the environment (due to less pollution from commuting and less traffic). As a manager, I wrote a white paper on Remote Computing during my MBA in 1978 that included a survey of industry, which I used to convince my superior to allow one of my group to work from home. And I managed one employee who worked from out of State and came to the office for meetings in 1982.September 27, 2022