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Working from home has come at a cost to their productivity for some home workers, with a new survey finding that 48% of respondents reporting their work productivity decreasing.

The survey by online professional network provider Blind of professionals working for Square, Adobe and Bloomberg found that Square professionals report the highest level of decreased productivity, at 73%, followed by Adobe at 67%.

But in contrast 67% of Bloomberg professionals say work from home increased their productivity, with 70% of Twitter professionals also saying work from home increased their productivity.

“The many changes imposed by the pandemic are acting as another challenge to the 9-to-5 workday model, which was already under threat before the pandemic,” says Blind.

“Remote working, relatively uncommon before the pandemic, has gone mainstream. Before covid-19 roughly 5% of Americans worked from home. By May the figure had risen to 62%.

“Working from home during the Covid pandemic over the past year has presented a wide variety of challenges—from coping with childcare during school closures to managing work-life balance (because sometimes, doesn't it feel like instead of working from home, we're all just living at work?).

“As we embark on a new year, we expect employee sentiment regarding remote work to continue to evolve.”

Survey repondents were asked “How did WFH affect your productivity at work?” , with Blind reporting that:

A Google professional responded, “I never really cared for team building and getting to know my colleagues. All through my life I’ve had friends outside of tech and never really fully connected with the technical people I worked with for some reason. My personality and demeanor is probably better suited for non-tech, but I enjoy the work I do, so wfh has allowed me to mostly concentrate on the work and ignore the social aspect I never cared for.”

An Amazon professional shared, “It's hard to say. My productivity went down but not only from WFH. The social aspect of work took a big nose dive which makes it less engaging and less energetic. But that doesn't need work from the office, regular in person get togethers would fix that. I can imagine one day every sprint where everyone gets together for some social events and workshop meetings while doing all actual work from home”

And a VMware professional shared, “Lack of whiteboarding has been a big hindrance. Collaboration tools really suck.”

 


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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham - retired in 2020. He is a veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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