Microsoft Corp. has been one of the main beneficiaries of the work-from-home boom fueled by the covid-19 pandemic. But the company’s CEO, Satya Nadella, is realizing the dangers of being out of the office for so long.
Online meetings can tire employees and make it difficult to transition from work to private life, the Wall Street Journal CEO Council executive said Tuesday. “Chen working from home, sometimes it feels like you’re falling asleep at work, ”he added.
Video conferencing can be particularly unnerving, Nadella noted, citing brain studies on the subject. “Thirty minutes after your first video meeting in the morning, because of the concentration that you need to have on video, you are getting fatigued.”
He also said that remote work loses some of the benefits of the office. “Video conferencing is more transactional,” he said. “Work happens before meetings, after meetings.”
Microsoft have a new product that tries to fix this problem. Together Mode places participants in video calls in a virtual space, such as an auditorium, meeting room, or cafeteria to try to recreate an office environment.
Shares of Microsoft are up more than 30% this year as corporate clients hire more of the company’s cloud services and Internet-based software subscriptions to help its growing workforce work from home.
Nadella said the pandemic is teaching her the value of transitions between work and personal activities. “I’m learning more about transitions,” he said. So how do you transition? Do you have dinner with the family? ” She said she has paid more attention to her schedule.
He also said that he empathized with employees who entered companies while working remotely. “They must be incorporated and successfully,” he said. “Learning, retraining and improving your skills will become a big problem.”