Despite the current economic and geopolitical uncertainty, three out of four business leaders are hopeful about the future of their organization, according to the Irish Management Institute.
However, optimism has dropped 11 points from 86% optimism a year ago, the says Pulse survey on organizational resilience conducted by IMI and Cork University Business School.
Employee engagement remains a top concern for business leaders, with only one in three reporting their peers are fully engaged.
The IMI-CUBS study surveyed the views of 254 C-suite executives.
However, Simon BoucherCEO of the Irish Management Institute, found that four in five senior executives believe there is a high level of trust between senior managers and employees.
Meanwhile research through Microsoft found that 85% of global leaders say the shift to hybrid work has made it difficult to trust their employees to be productive, while three in four employees say they need a better reason besides company expectations to go to the office.
The Work Trend Index Pulse report makes clear that hybrid work has led to a growing disconnect between employees and their managers.
They disagree about what constitutes productivity, how to maintain autonomy while ensuring accountability, the benefits of flexibility, and the role of the office.
Microsoft said the concerns feed into features the company is adding to its employee experience platform. life.
It adds four new apps to the platform and a leading corner to Viva Engage as a space to invite employees to interact directly with leadership, to exchange ideas and perspectives.
- pulse “will allow managers and team leaders to receive regular and confidential feedback on their team’s experiences.”
- Strengthen centralizes communications campaigns, provides writing guidance to improve messaging, enables publishing across multiple channels and distribution groups in Microsoft 365, and provides metrics for improvement.
- answers will use AI to match employee questions with answers, and experts across the organization to make the collective knowledge available to all employees.
- people in viva is a new feature that uses AI to “create comprehensive profile cards detailing an employee’s interests, skills, and team goals to help colleagues easily discover connections, experts, and insights across the organization.”
All of this and more will be rolling out early next year.
Microsoft recently launched Engage Vivathat “encourages digital community building through conversations and self-expression tools with stories and storylines.”
Photo: IMI boss Simon Boucher.