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Working from home leaves four of five bosses worried their staff are not being productive

Working from home leaves four in five bosses worried their employees are not being productive, a new study has found. 

A survey of more than 20,000 staff across 11 countries from Microsoft found that while 87 per cent of employees felt they worked as efficiently, or even more efficiently, from home – 80 per cent of managers disagreed.

Satya Nadella, Microsoft’s chief executive, told the BBC that workplaces are unlikely to ever return to pre-pandemic scenarios.

And Ryan Roslansky, the boss of Microsoft-owned LinkedIn, said that of the 15million job listings typically on LinkedIn, only around 2 per cent of those involved remote working prior to March 2020. 

Employers offering working from home as an option in the spring and early summer stood at 20 per cent, but this figure has since come down to 15 per cent this September.

Mr Nadella told the BBC: “We have to get past what we describe as ‘productivity paranoia’, because all of the data we have that shows that 80% plus of the individual people feel they’re very productive – except their management thinks that they’re not productive.

“That means there is a real disconnect in terms of the expectations and what they feel.”

At Microsoft, employees are entitles to work from home half of the time as standard. 

Not all companies have been so flexible, with Apple calling for employees to return to the office three days a week and Tesla owner Elon Musk telling his workers he expected them to work 40 hours a week in the office. 

Mr Musk sent an email to staff saying: “If you don’t show up, we will assume you have resigned”.

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