Workers around the world are asking, ‘Why the office?’

In this episode of “Digital Now,” Jared Spataro, corporate vice president of Modern Work at Microsoft, explains that employees now prioritize their health and wellbeing over their work, and expect greater flexibility in how, when and where they work.

Spataro also explains why we shouldn’t fear the metaverse, discusses how technology can support a company’s vision of what work looks like, and shares why companies who were open-minded about hybrid work fared the best.

Organizations who had the roughest time in responding to the pandemic, he says, were those who set inflexible policies based on what they thought would happen. “Never put yourself in front of the Mack truck that is a pandemic or the labor market or some big force that you’re not going to be able to control,” he says. “It’s best to be flexible and kind of be in learn-it-all mode.”

“Digital Now” is a video series hosted by Andrew Wilson, chief digital officer at Microsoft, who invites friends and industry leaders inside and outside of Microsoft to share how they are tackling digital and business transformation, and explores themes like the future of work, security, artificial intelligence, and the democratization of code and data.

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