Asia Tech Podcast – Episode 122 – Rosalind Quek – GM Modern Work, Asia at Microsoft – Empowering People with Extreme Flexibility

by | May 26, 2021

The Asia Tech Podcast hosted Rosalind Quek, the GM of Modern Work, Asia at Microsoft.  Rosalind and I had an insightful and wide-ranging conversation.  We took a detailed look at Microsoft’s ‘Work Trend Index’ and a report entitled, “The Next Great Disruption is Hybrid Work – Are We Ready?

Some of the topics we covered included:

  • 2020 was a year like no other and had a profound impact on the way people work
  • Hybrid Work – What it is, what it means, and why it is not going away
  • How Hybrid Work has fundamentally changed the talent landscape and the idea of what an office should look like and provide
  • What are some of the emotional and mental challenges faced by employees as a result of remote work?
  • How employee expectations have evolved due to flexible work
  • How, in many cases, employees feel much more productive in hybrid work environments
  • Have different generations reacted and adapted differently to this new and developing environment?
  • How remote work has changed the way employees interact?  What drives new, serendipitous meetings?
  • Has remote work shrunk employees’ networks and what is the impact on collaboration?
  • Has a new authenticity emerged between colleagues and is this important?
  • What is the ‘Democratization of Opportunity”?
  • What are the recommendations that can be given to business leaders as this new work environment continues to evolve?

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