Does working from home mean improved productivity?
As an employee, it is hard not to love the work from home setup. It is a novel concept that gives you more freedom and flexibility. But is it really all it’s cut out to be?
For a company to benefit from a work-from-home setup, it should mean more productivity. Because productivity is a part of the company’s overall performance. When people are efficient – they reap the rewards of recognition and career growth. Thus, productivity is crucial to both employer and employee.
Some studies claim that working remotely works best for creative types. But working from home might not be the best option for those who enjoy socializing and collaboration. They would long for the connection shared with teammates and feel lost with the experience of working alone.
So, does work from home improve productivity?
The concept of something new usually means change. And for employees experiencing the perk of a work-from-home setup, it has motivated them to do more work. Additionally, there is the fear and pressure to remain relevant during the pandemic when work is scarce and uncertain. But with the extended period of quarantine and the remote work setup, there are other stressors that can distract employees from doing their work. Family matters and personal errands may take away the focus on work and ultimately affects an employee’s productivity.
Time is another concern in the work-from-set up. Employees are now working more hours. It’s hard to distinguish professional time from personal time. So, even when they report to being more productive – it’s because they’re producing results when they should have been doing something else. They aren’t more productive within the 9-hr time frame, instead, they’re doing overtime work. When previously there was a physical separation from office and home. But when you’re working from your own home, it’s a challenge to set a healthy boundary.
More importantly, people want to do meaningful work with other like-minded individuals. Work is more than hitting targets and meeting deliverables, it should be a means to improve someone’s quality of life.