COVID-19: Here’s What Satya Nadella Has To Say About The ‘Hybrid Work Paradox’ And How Microsoft Plans To Deal With It


However, he added that physical spaces will continue to be important in the time of Covid-19, but their use will need to be rethought.

Even as uncertainty over the Covid-19 pandemic persists, what the work-life scenario will look like after Covid is on the minds of most employees and their employers. The latest to voice his opinion on the matter is Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, who detailed in a blog post published Friday how his company plans to operate once the coronavirus pandemic is over, admitting how the “paradox of the hybrid work ”was here to stay.

While saying that each organization will need to take a separate approach in line with its operational needs, Nadella said that Microsoft research shows most employees want more flexible remote working options even after the pandemic is over. However, he added that most employees are also not in favor of working entirely from home and would like more collaboration in person. Maintaining the right balance between the two will therefore be the key to success.

Describing three major steps her company is considering for a smooth transition from Covid, Nadella said the first major task was to detach most of Microsoft’s employees from its corporate network and take an Internet-first approach in its operations. The Microsoft CEO added that the Internet’s first approach will not only protect employees from exposure to the virus, but also bring consistency to their work from home and office.

The second step would be to ask all employees working from remote locations to run a test on their internet network and make sure their network is 100% secure, Nadella added. The third crucial step for the company would be to ensure that every electronic device used by its employees for the operations of the company is 100% secure and for this the company is considering deploying a Microsoft Defender for Endpoint to the company-wide, Nadella concluded.

Finally, on the use of office space and the company’s physical properties, Nadella said the company will not depend solely on a shared physical location to interact with its employees. However, he added that physical spaces will continue to be important in the time of Covid-19, but their use will need to be rethought.

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