As many workplaces pass the one-year anniversary of their transition to remote work, Microsoft released its latest Work Trends Index, highlighting the impact this transition has had on employees and workplaces around the world.
As we close women’s history month, we’re highlighting some of the learnings about remote work’s impact on women from the Work Trend Index and other studies, and some recent case studies that show how companies can use data to help all employees thrive.
According to the WTI survey, there is a large gap between organizational leaders and their workers in terms of the reported impact of remote work, and key generational and gender differences as well. While 61 percent of leaders and decision-makers report they are “thriving” in the current remote environment, 60 percent of Gen Z workers and 56 percent of working moms reported that they are struggling with remote work. For women, juggling remote work along with parenting and caretaking responsibilities is a source of stress, while for Gen Z and early-career workers, loneliness and lack of access to the social networks normally developed in person create a heavy emotional load.