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Start Smart Podcast Ep:5 Microsoft’s Work Trend Index 2022: Here Comes the Metaverse

Top Trends in the Future of Tech. Episode 5 • 13th June 2022 • Start Smart • Peter Weddle and Shelia Gray

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From Millennials and Gen Zs turning towards the metaverse to a significant cross-section of all workers opting out of conventional work arrangements, Microsoft’s Work Trend Index 2022 packs in a fascinating overview of some of the most disruptive workforce dynamics that are already confronting employers or are likely to do so soon. 

In this episode, we explore three of the key findings from Microsoft’s report, including its prediction that the workers huddling around the office watercooler will soon be replaced by their personal avatars hanging out in the metaverse; its conclusion that middle managers are not the principal driver of the Great Resignation as many now think; and its framing of the return to the office debate as a clash of values driven by a simple but powerful fact: we’re not the same people that went home to work in early 2020.

Links mentioned:

Work Trend Index – Microsoft

The Future of Work Trends: Scarcity, Individuality and Inclusivity

‘The Future of Work Trends in 2022: The new era of humanity’ by Korn Ferry

Top Trends in the Future of Tech

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