Pandemic was pathetic, right?
But today I am going to explain how are we so productive in this pandemic.
The Covid-19 pandemic has changed the economy forever. It has pushed people from around the world to work from home, leaving behind their cubicles.
However, even though these arrangements were planned and implemented suddenly, we can see an increase in productivity.
We are so productive in this pandemic because of various reasons. Some of these include less commute, flexibility to work from anywhere, and a change in the working environment.
Besides, people discovered a new meaning in their work and hobbies like never before.
Although employees and employers had to adapt to new ways on very short notice, they did it pretty well.
According to Bloomberg, the pandemic has raised productivity by 5% in the U.S. economy.
Besides, a quick adaption of new technology amid the pandemic will offer long-lasting economic profit. In line with this, many HR tools helped employees stay in the loop effectively while working remotely during the pandemic.
This article will walk you through how the pandemic and working from home have impacted our productivity and much more.
Let’s dive in!
Before the Pandemic
Before the virus forced everyone to socially distance and stay at home, employers feared that working remotely could impact productivity negatively. They feared that it would distract the employees and make them procrastinate.
Several studies stated that the more hours an employee works from home, the less productive they become.
At the same time, employees who manage full-time work from home (8 hours per day) are 70% less productive than those who do not.
Why Are We So Productive During the Pandemic?
Let me explain to you why!
Businesses like ours have adapted to the changing times and new technology, and the efforts have paid off.
Despite the stress of the pandemic and the compulsion to work remotely, we have witnessed an increase in overall productivity.
Here are certain things that made us so productive during the pandemic:
1. Flexibility and its Impact on Productivity
One of the most important things that have aided in increasing productivity is the flexibility to work from anywhere. Many employees believe that this has made them more efficient.
They do not have distractions from chatty colleagues, causing them to work more.
Additionally, the transit time (or lack thereof) has impacted productivity positively. By eliminating the commute time, research says, productivity has increased by 1%.
2. Remote Work Technologies
In pursuit of solutions to the problems caused by the pandemic, companies like MyPiHR have been extremely creative.
Our tools helped minimize the time taken to complete strenuous tasks. It has improved communication within the organization as well as with the clients.
3. Different Social Settings
People who work from home talk less to coworkers. The work from home setting minimizes the amount of social interaction and the related disturbances.
On the other hand, people who work from home spend more time with their families. It can be better for their mental health, which can, in turn, boost productivity.
Besides, we always tried to give extra to finish our work when working from home. This is because we are not running behind the clock to complete our work and run home.
4. Reduced Unscheduled Absences
According to estimates, unscheduled absences cost employers around $1,800/employee/year.
Many employees call in sick to tend to personal reasons. We are providing a work-from-home setup that allows employees to schedule appointments or run errands without taking a leave.
According to American Management Association, there was a 63% reduction in unscheduled leaves during the pandemic.
Additionally, the pandemic and the work from set up like MyPiHR has impacted the way people take care of their health.
After the Pandemic
I assume you are guessing it!
A lot has changed after the pandemic. Employers who feared working from home are now moving towards it.
A study with over 800,00 employees conducted by Great Place to Work revealed terrific results. According to this, remote work productivity was stable or increased when working from home. They measured it by comparing the performance from March 2020 to August 2020 with March 2019 to August 2019.
On the other hand, 10,000 employees surveyed by the Becker Friedman Institute for Economics said they were as productive as they were before.
Besides, 30% of them said they were engaged in work more at home than at the workplace.
This same survey team discovered that commuting time was reduced by 62.4 million hours per day starting from the middle of March 2020 to the middle of September 2020. This contributed massively towards high productivity.
Pandemic is Expanding the Talent Pool
The pandemic has, in a way, dissolved borders by removing commute.
Employers can provide job opportunities to those people who were restricted by movement.
This has offered geographic, cultural, and socioeconomic diversity.
Furthermore, our broader talent pool helps employers minimize indirect costs caused by the loss of productivity due to unqualified professionals.
Plus, it can shorten the hiring time, resources and increase the offer-to-acceptance ratio.
Although the Covid-19 pandemic has devastated many areas of society, it has improved the productivity of companies like us.
Both the employees as well as the employers have been quick to adjust to the sudden changes.
Over the past few months, numerous research and studies have proven that employees are more productive now than ever. Several factors contribute to this trend. It ranges from flexibility, remote working technologies, and reducing unscheduled absences.
Furthermore, work from home has dissolved borders and made way to a new way of hiring people.
Now, employees have a larger talent pool to hire from.
So, it is no wonder we are so productive even during times so hard as this!