Remote Work Productivity Is Diminishing

The remote work has seemed to be beneficial to many companies, according to some early statistics from the beginning of the pandemic. However, according to 451 Research, there might be more drawbacks than benefits from remote working.

When the first lockdowns in the U.S. began, many companies reported productivity increases, and many social researches stated that most of the employees are coping well with the changes caused by working remotely. However, the new work by 451 Research implies that the employees seem to be more stressed than happy now. People tend to miss personal contacts, become more and more anxious about job insecurity and stressed by the increasing amount of formal communications.

According to the survey of 451 Research, most workers now feel less productive and less engaged. In fact, only 11% of the respondents said that they felt a real increase in their productivity and engagement, and most of these 11% were senior workers who already had some remote work experience. One of the key problems, according to the research, is that there is now less informal communications and much more formal ones. Instead of chatting near a coffee machine during a break, people now have long formal Zoom calls.

One of the conclusions of the research is that people tend to like flexibility. Right now, most of the people that work remotely are forced to do so. At the same time, when people choose themselves to switch to their home, they tend to be happier about it. For people, who want to move to another city, remote working is a great opportunity that adds flexibility to their lives. But for those who are forced out of the office, it seems only to add more stress. The good thing is that many companies are now planning to implement optional remote working for their employees after the pandemic ends.

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