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An ongoing series of conversations bringing you right up to the cutting edge of Microsoft Research.

    132 - New Future of Work: How remote and hybrid work will shape workplaces and society with Jaime Teevan and Sid Suri

    132 - New Future of Work: How remote and hybrid work will shape workplaces and society with Jaime Teevan and Sid Suri

    For Microsoft researchers, COVID-19 was a call to action. The reimagining of work practices had long been an area of study, but existing and new questions that needed immediate answers surfaced as companies and their employees quickly adjusted to significantly different working conditions. Teams from across the Microsoft organizational chart pooled their unique expertise together under The New Future of Work initiative. The results have informed product features designed to better support remote work and are now being used to help companies, including Microsoft, usher their workforces into a future of hybrid work.
    In this episode of The New Future of Work series, Chief Scientist Jaime Teevan (https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/research/people/teevan/) and Senior Principal Researcher Siddharth Suri (https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/research/people/suri/) explore the many ways people were impacted by work shifts during the COVID-19 pandemic. They talk about how race, gender, income, and other factors are indicative of how people have fared and what this means for the future of work. The researchers discuss the importance of examining potential hidden consequences—and patience—when using short-term data to make long-term decisions, emphasizing aspects of burnout and innovation. Topics covered in this wide-ranging conversation include benefits of commutes and a silver lining in the shift to remote and hybrid work—the movement of more innovative jobs out of large metro areas, creating momentum for greater opportunity in diverse locations. The research that Siddharth Suri describes in this podcast was jointly done with Hana Wolf of LinkedIn.
    https://www.microsoft.com/research (https://www.microsoft.com/research)

    • 23 min
    131 - New Future of Work: Redefining workspaces as hybrid and remote work become more prevalent with Jaime Teevan and Ginger Hudson

    131 - New Future of Work: Redefining workspaces as hybrid and remote work become more prevalent with Jaime Teevan and Ginger Hudson

    For Microsoft researchers, COVID-19 was a call to action. The reimagining of work practices had long been an area of study, but existing and new questions that needed immediate answers surfaced as companies and their employees quickly adjusted to significantly different working conditions. Teams from across the Microsoft organizational chart pooled their unique expertise together under The New Future of Work initiative. The results have informed product features designed to better support remote work and are now being used to help companies, including Microsoft, usher their workforces into a future of hybrid work.

    In this episode of The New Future of Work series, Chief Scientist Jaime Teevan (https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/research/people/teevan/) and Principal User Research Manager Ginger Hudson (https://www.linkedin.com/in/ginger-hudson-1a6b52) share how people evolved their home office setups throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, and they explore how information workers used various devices and peripherals to put their best self forward as the shift to remote work quickly unfolded. They also talk about what an “anatomy of hybrid work” might look like and some considerations for making a hybrid model of work sustainable in the long term, including the expansion of workspaces to outdoor environments.
    https://www.microsoft.com/research (https://www.microsoft.com/research)

    • 23 min
    130 - New Future of Work: Managing IT and security in remote scenarios with Jaime Teevan and Matt Brodsky

    130 - New Future of Work: Managing IT and security in remote scenarios with Jaime Teevan and Matt Brodsky

    For Microsoft researchers, COVID-19 was a call to action. The reimagining of work practices had long been an area of study, but existing and new questions that needed immediate answers surfaced as companies and their employees quickly adjusted to significantly different working conditions. Teams from across the Microsoft organizational chart pooled their unique expertise together under The New Future of Work initiative. The results have informed product features designed to better support remote work and are now being used to help companies, including Microsoft, usher their workforces into a future of hybrid work.

    In this episode of the podcast, Chief Scientist Jaime Teevan (https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/research/people/teevan/) and Senior User Research Manager Matt Brodsky (https://www.linkedin.com/in/mbrodsky-ph-d/) examine how the level of IT support available during the shift, including the ability to provide hardware and software, made the difference between laying off staff and weathering the challenges brought on by the pandemic. They also explore why remote work came with a spike in phishing threats, what the biggest thorn in the sides of IT administrators has been this past year, and where opportunities exist to prepare to keep up with tech advances and tackle future disruptions.
    https://www.microsoft.com/research (https://www.microsoft.com/research)

    • 21 min
    129 - Machine learning, molecular simulation, and the opportunity for societal good with Chris Bishop and Max Welling

    129 - Machine learning, molecular simulation, and the opportunity for societal good with Chris Bishop and Max Welling

    Unlocking the challenge of molecular simulation has the potential to yield significant breakthroughs in how we tackle such societal issues as climate change, drug discovery, and the treatment of disease, and Microsoft is ramping up its efforts in the space.
    In this episode, Chris Bishop (https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/research/people/cmbishop/), Lab Director of Microsoft Research Cambridge, welcomes renowned machine learning researcher Max Welling (https://staff.fnwi.uva.nl/m.welling/) to the Microsoft Research team as head of the new Amsterdam lab. Connecting over their shared physics background and vision for molecular simulation, Bishop and Welling explore several fascinating topics, including a future in which machine learning and quantum computing will be used in tandem to model molecules, the power of machine learning to provide “on demand” data in this space, and goals for the first year and beyond at the Amsterdam lab.
    https://www.microsoft.com/research (https://www.microsoft.com/research)

    • 21 min
    128 - New Future of Work: How developer collaboration and productivity are changing in a hybrid work model

    128 - New Future of Work: How developer collaboration and productivity are changing in a hybrid work model

    For Microsoft researchers, COVID-19 was a call to action. The reimagining of work practices had long been an area of study, but existing and new questions that needed immediate answers surfaced as companies and their employees quickly adjusted to significantly different working conditions. Teams from across the Microsoft organizational chart pooled their unique expertise together under The New Future of Work initiative. The results have informed product features designed to better support remote work and are now being used to help companies, including Microsoft, usher their workforces into a future of hybrid work.
    In this episode of The New Future of Work series, Chief Scientist Jaime Teevan (https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/research/people/teevan/) and Principal Productivity Engineer Brian Houck (https://www.linkedin.com/in/brian-houck-b4123132/) discuss what the massive shift to remote work meant for developers—both employees of Microsoft and customers using Microsoft developer platforms to support their work. They’ll talk about how taking a holistic approach to developer productivity can benefit both efficiency and happiness, with an emphasis on the important role social connections and processes play in a field often thought of as an isolated endeavor. They also explore pros and cons of everyday developer tasks, like code review and whiteboarding, being done in a hybrid work setting.
    https://www.microsoft.com/research (https://www.microsoft.com/research)

    • 26 min
    127 - New Future of Work: Staying productive and happy when our office is our home with Jaime Teevan and Sonia Jaffe

    127 - New Future of Work: Staying productive and happy when our office is our home with Jaime Teevan and Sonia Jaffe

    For Microsoft researchers, COVID-19 was a call to action. The reimagining of work practices had long been an area of study, but existing and new questions that needed immediate answers surfaced as companies and their employees quickly adjusted to significantly different working conditions. Teams from across the Microsoft organizational chart pooled their unique expertise together under The New Future of Work initiative. The results have informed product features designed to better support remote work and are now being used to help companies, including Microsoft, usher their workforces into a future of hybrid work.

    In this episode of The New Future of Work series of the podcast, Chief Scientist Jaime Teevan (https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/research/people/teevan/) and Senior Research Economist Sonia Jaffe (https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/research/people/sojaffe/) delve into the “Personal Productivity and Well-Being” chapter of the report, beginning with why measuring productivity isn’t as easy as just observing output or counting hours worked. They also explore how people already working from home helped them better understand how people adjusted to remote work, the diversity in experiences among workers, and how we can be better coworkers to our remote colleagues whether we’re working from home or not.
    https://www.microsoft.com/research (https://www.microsoft.com/research)

    • 19 min

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