The Next Great Disruption Is Hybrid Work—Are We Ready?

Found Microsoft’s take on the future of hybrid work to be interesting. These were the trends they identified:

  1. Flexible work is here to stay
  2. Leaders are out of touch with employees and need a wake-up call
  3. High productivity is masking an exhausted workforce
  4. Gen Z is at risk and will need to be re-energized
  5. Shrinking networks are endangering innovation
  6. Authenticity will spur productivity and wellbeing
  7. Talent is everywhere in a hybrid work world

And these were their takeaways:

  • Create a plan to empower people for extreme flexibility
  • Invest in space and technology to bridge the physical and digital worlds
  • Combat digital exhaustion from the top
  • Prioritize rebuilding social capital and culture
  • Rethink employee experience to compete for the best and most diverse talent
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Ah, this is putting some rumors into context. There have been a number of articles and less-concrete rumors that Microsoft is in talks to potentially buy Discord. That kind of acquisition would be a very natural extension of this trend.

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