22 min

Series 1, Episode 35: So... what really did happen when we all started working remotely? with Jaime Teevan and Longqi Yang, Microsoft Brain for Business

    • Management

Before the Covid-19 pandemic struck, remote working including working from home was in some cases a luxury and in others a case of organisational trial and error. Yet for many around the world, in March 2020 remote working became a necessity, imposed both by governments and employers.

In a recent report published in the prestigious journal Nature Human Behaviour (https://www.nature.com/articles/s41562-021-01196-4), a team from Microsoft explored data from over 60,000 Microsoft employees to analyse and understand the organisational impact of this shift. To explore this further we are joined by two of the report’s authors, Jaime Teevan and Longqi Yang, both of Microsoft.

Jaime Teevan is a corporate vice president and chief scientist at Microsoft. She is an advocate for finding smarter ways for people to make the most of their time, and believes in the positive impact that breaks and recovery have on productivity. Jaime leads Microsoft’s future of work initiative which brings researchers from Microsoft, LinkedIn and GitHub together to study how the pandemic has changed the way we work. Previously she was the Technical Advisor to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research AI, where she led the Productivity team.

Longqi Yang is a Senior Applied Researcher at Microsoft’s Office of Applied Research. His research centers around interactive machine learning systems and their applications on future of work, productivity, and wellbeing. He is currently leading applied research initiatives at Microsoft to understand the impact of remote and hybrid work and build AI systems to enhance new work practices.

Before the Covid-19 pandemic struck, remote working including working from home was in some cases a luxury and in others a case of organisational trial and error. Yet for many around the world, in March 2020 remote working became a necessity, imposed both by governments and employers.

In a recent report published in the prestigious journal Nature Human Behaviour (https://www.nature.com/articles/s41562-021-01196-4), a team from Microsoft explored data from over 60,000 Microsoft employees to analyse and understand the organisational impact of this shift. To explore this further we are joined by two of the report’s authors, Jaime Teevan and Longqi Yang, both of Microsoft.

Jaime Teevan is a corporate vice president and chief scientist at Microsoft. She is an advocate for finding smarter ways for people to make the most of their time, and believes in the positive impact that breaks and recovery have on productivity. Jaime leads Microsoft’s future of work initiative which brings researchers from Microsoft, LinkedIn and GitHub together to study how the pandemic has changed the way we work. Previously she was the Technical Advisor to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research AI, where she led the Productivity team.

Longqi Yang is a Senior Applied Researcher at Microsoft’s Office of Applied Research. His research centers around interactive machine learning systems and their applications on future of work, productivity, and wellbeing. He is currently leading applied research initiatives at Microsoft to understand the impact of remote and hybrid work and build AI systems to enhance new work practices.

22 min