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The Microsoft Work Trend Index 2022

Episode 5 of Start Smart, the podcast that focuses on the facts in talent acquisition, features Shelia Gray, VP of Global Talent Acquisition at Quadient, and TAtech CEO Peter Weddle discussing the Microsoft “Work Trend Index 2022” report and its implications for recruiters.

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.

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