People Feel More Productive Working From Home Than In Office, Reveals Study

With COVID-19 taking over our lives, we've had to adapt to a few changes over the past couple of months. 

While there have been several changes to our personal hygiene habits, many are also forced to work from home, or even study from home, and with a change in location, the working routine has also altered for many.

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And most companies have been worrying about the productivity of a specific worker while working from home, due to the lack of resources or an increase in the number of distractions. 

However, many feel that this transition has been positive for them, productivity-wise, according to a recent study conducted by Université de Montréal (reported first by Phys.org) on how teleworkers are adapting to the pandemic.

Researchers asked 1,614 people about how they’ve adapted to working from home, and out of the total, one third have confessed that they were more productive than when they were working in the office. 

The analysis is based on the respondents answering a questionnaire online. Out of the total 1,614, 75 percent were women while 25 percent were men, most of them being from Quebec in Canada.

Out of the total lot, 70 percent of people were working in public sectors. 85 percent of people were over 40 years of age, while another 85 percent possessed a university degree. 

One-third of participants reported better productivity

The study reveals one-third of the participants feel their productivity has increased -- despite of the fact that more than half of the participants in the study are teleworking with another person at home.

It is also important to note that people who claim to be more productive are over 40 years of age and spend less time doing chores at home

Tania Saba, co-author of the study explains, “It's interesting to note that both men and women said they were more productive. It is not true to say that only women prefer to telework as a way of balancing their work and home life. The reasons are more complex and diverse.”

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Some people also hated working from home

There are many who also feel that their workload has increased since bringing office work to home, but they’ve also expressed the fact that they were able to better manage time to get work done on time.

Researchers also found a chunk of people who were clearly unhappy working from home. This involved people who felt isolated far from the decision-making process -- they found themselves to be less productive. 

Also, people who relied on other colleagues to handle their work have faced a drop in productivity. 

Saba further stated, “This is as much a question of organizational isolation as it is of social isolation from colleagues.”

Of course, with time, we expect things to get back to normal and people heading back to their offices to work. The survey revealed that 39 percent people would actually want to work from home, post COVID-19.

How has your productivity been, working from home? Tell us, in the comments below. 



source https://www.indiatimes.com/technology/science-and-future/people-feel-more-productive-working-from-home-than-in-office-reveals-study-512872.html

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