WORKING FROM HOME IN A LONELY WINTER (4): PRODUCTIVITY

How hard is it to say “productive” whilst working from home?  This issue has been addressed in a number of publications. Here are a selection from across the world.

Stanford – The productivity pitfalls of working from home in the age of COVID-19

“In-person collaboration is necessary for creativity and innovation, Bloom says. His research has shown that face-to-face meetings are essential for developing new ideas and keeping staff motivated and focused.”

Personnel Today – Productivity has not suffered due to coronavirus

“The rewards consultancy found that, even though more than two-thirds of companies had more than 75% of employees working remotely, 85% felt they had the technology, tools and resources needed to work productively for an extended period of time.”

Independent – Coronavirus: How to maintain productivity after working from home for six months

“It can be difficult to tear yourself away from your laptop if you’re worried people might think you’re slacking off, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take breaks.”

Wired – Productivity Is Not Working

“Making breakfast, making the beds, making sure your friends and family aren’t losing their absolute minds is work that matters more than ever and will continue to matter in the coming decades as crisis follows crisis. It is not “productive,” in the way that most of us have learned to understand what that word means, but it is work, and it is worthwhile.”

The Guardian – Why you should ignore the pressure to be productive during lockdown

“Here’s what I have to remind myself. Being more productive is actually made harder by the disruption in daily routines, or by having no way to escape from roommates or family.”

Micro Biz Mag – How has lockdown affected our productivity?

“We surveyed 2,003 adults in the UK between 5th and 8th June 2020 to find out whether they consider themselves to have been more or less productive during lockdown when many of us are working from home (and some are also trying to juggle working with homeschooling).”

World Economic Forum – Most leaders think remote working will hit productivity – this is why

“Newly remote-working companies are still establishing a sense of community and ensuring a flow of communication in the post-lockdown world of work.”

Iris Cascade – Here’s how HR teams can boost productivity during the coronavirus crisis

“Organisations need to put HR at the forefront to tackle poor employee engagement. An engaged employee is excited to come into work today and will commit the mental energy needed to smash through your targets. These employees are the backbone of your business, so there are huge benefits to be had for every department.”

The New York Times – Are Companies More Productive in a Pandemic?

“Some individuals have had a harder time than others working from home, but many companies say productivity has remained at pre-pandemic levels, or even gone up. Without long commutes, small talk with colleagues and leisurely coffees in the break room, many workers — especially those who don’t have to worry about child care — are getting more done.”

Forbes – Seven Tips For Staying Productive While Working From Home

“Similar to keeping regular hours, developing a morning routine can help you have a more productive workday. Creating a plan for your morning that you repeat each day can have positive effects on your work life and your mindset. Whatever system you had in place, try to stick to it. Many successful people attribute their personal and financial success to a morning of strict habits. Now is a great time to start, if you haven’t already.”