How Covid-19 compressed years of digital transformation into months: lessons from Microsoft

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Q1. What changes must C-suite executives ring in, to foster long-term productivity?The initial global response to the Covid-19 pandemic compressed two years of digital transformation into two months. This trend is accelerating and we’re at an inflection point where the “old” ways of doing business will no longer suffice. Organisations must be fast adopters of best-in-class technology to overcome the dynamic economic challenges posted by global health, travel, and commerce restrictions.
At the same time, organisations must grow their ability to build their own digital capability.
One area that has been most obviously affected is of course remote work: work from-home rates have dramatically increased and it is anticipated that these will continue to remain high once the pandemic ends. These changes will naturally affect ways of working and impact upon productivity.
Our work trends index paints a differentiated picture when it comes to remote work: although a majority of workers have reported upsides to working from home, many are also dealing with burn out and fewer boundaries around their personal lives.
In addition to embracing technology to improve our workplaces and improve productivity, C-Suite leaders should also consider how to build other digital capabilities – from moving their …

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