Technology Record - Issue 28: Spring 2023

33 for connection and collaboration. Half of employees said they miss spending time with colleagues in person now they can work remotely. This trend is highest among Gen Z and Millennials (80 per cent) who are keen to use physical office spaces to learn, grow and establish themselves in their workplace community, the Microsoft’s 2022 Work Trend Index also highlighted. This need to learn cropped up in other areas, as the working landscape becomes more demanding of employees, who are expected to upgrade existing skills or pick up new ones. More than half of respondents (60 per cent) indicated that they are keen to continue learning and 44 per cent said they want to progress and upskill within their current job. Employers also need to more carefully consider the technology with which they equip their employees to reduce the risk of cognitive fatigue. EPOS research has shown that noisy environments cause the brain to work harder to focus on the most important source of sound. Over time this can lead to cognitive overload and brain fatigue, impacting employee stress levels, information retention and performance. “The world of work has never been as complex as it is today,” said Jeppe Dalberg-Larsen, president at EPOS. “Business leaders who are invested in the future of their company and the future of their employees need to think intentionally about their hybrid strategies. There is no one-size-fits-all approach. Though we have, in recent years, seen how technology has revolutionised modern work, it is no substitute for leadership and culture. Leaders today face a new set of challenges and must put their people at the heart of creating a workplace community that keeps employees engaged in the long-term.” Read the full report at: “ Though we have seen how technology has revolutionised modern work, it is no substitute for leadership and culture” JEPPE DALBERG-LARSEN, EPOS