Technology Record - Issue 29: Summer 2023

Caption... 37 “ Never before has there been such an opportunity to actively shape the future of work.” JAMIE TEEVAN, MICROSOFT and 35 per cent felt a conflict between catering to demands from home and work. In many instances, this is leading to employee burnout. “There is a real challenge to reduce current burnout levels, with 53 per cent of employees caring more about their health and well-being more than they did before the pandemic,” says Teevan on the podcast series Possible. Burnout has a significant impact on employee productivity as it often reduces energy levels, engagement and creativity, and increases the likelihood of errors. Deloitte’s Workplace Burnout Survey found that 91 per cent of surveyed employees’ quality of work is impacted by an unmanageable amount of stress and nearly half of millennials have left a job specifically because they felt burned out. During the pandemic, Microsoft created a New Future of Work initiative to help organisations better understand new remote work practices so they could effectively support both desk-based and frontline employees during the hybrid work transition. One of the key recommendations that Microsoft has shared is for organisations to invest in productivity and collaboration apps in Microsoft 365 – like Microsoft Teams and Office applications – to help workers exchange information, ideas and knowledge easily. Image: iStock/treety