Research: What Is the Assessment of Employee Productivity When Working Remotely?
Almost 250 people took part in the survey. The majority of respondents were women (96%). By age group, the majority of respondents were aged 45-54 (59%), followed by 35-44 (27%). Another 7% of respondents were young people between the ages of 25 and 34, and people of pre-retirement age with the same percentage.
Has a day working remotely become longer than a day at the office? The survey revealed that the majority (45%) of the working day did not change, but 27% of the survey participants indicated that their remote working day had become 1-2 hours longer. In addition, a quarter of respondents noted that it had become more than 2 hours longer. On the other hand, when answering the question about how the workload has changed when working remotely, it was revealed that 50% of all survey participants have increased their workload. But the workload of 47% of the respondents has remained the same.
When assessing their productivity, the answers were very different among the respondents. Most indicated that labor productivity did not change when working remotely (39%). Almost the same number of respondents noted that labor productivity had increased (36%), but the lowest percentage of respondents noted that productivity had decreased (25%).
In order to find out the impact of remote work on employee productivity, respondents were asked to indicate the extent to which they agreed with the following statements:
- It is difficult to disconnect from work when working remotely
- Lack of face-to-face cooperation and communication
- There are many distractions at home
- It's hard to stay motivated when working remotely
- It's hard to find a convenient place to work at home
- Mental, physical and mental health has improved
- It is difficult to balance work and private life
Responding to the factors that may contribute to the increase in labor productivity, the respondents noted:
- Additional amenities provided by the employer (new, high-quality technologies, etc.) (45%);
- Training on time and work planning (7%);
- Flexible work schedule (60%);
- Motivation promotion measures (29%);
- Regular supervision of work (5%);
- Regular communication and remote meetings with colleagues (40%);
- Periodic interviews with the employer (20%);
- Separate room for work at home (54%).
According to the results of the survey, it can be concluded that the most important factors that can promote the increase of productivity among Latvians are a flexible work schedule, a separate room for work at home and additional amenities.