According to Sage, over a third of 3,500 employees it polled admitted to being productive for less than 30 hours a week. That means a whole day a week they’re ‘working’ but not actually getting any work done.
They also want help creating work-life boundaries to improve their productivity while working from home.
While working from home has its benefits, productivity can be an issue. Here are 7 steps for employers and staff to keep productivity high.
Offer flexible and remote working
81% of employees we polled placed importance and value on flexible working.
Why shouldn’t employees work from 7 am and finish earlier if they’re more productive in the mornings, or have international calls first thing?
Show employees, you value them
Employees need to be feeling valued in the workplace and being recognized for the work that they did. 66% of respondents said this was vital.
Workers aren’t motivated by company outings. They just want their employer to say: ‘great job’.
Ask employees for their views
Ask your employees what they think. Just 12% of workers we spoke to are asked on a regular basis what would improve their experiences at work. Almost half (47%) had never been asked at all.
Upgrade your technology and equipment.
Employees should attempt to update WFH programs or devices. Ask your manager if they have a budget to do that as a decrease in productivity could be costlier to your manager and organization.
Create designated work hours
Multitasking and switching between your professional and personal lives can impact your productivity. You can lose up to 40% of your productivity if you do a lot of switching in a day. Research shows that trying to do two things at the same time can make each activity longer to complete, which can add unnecessary hours and fatigue to your work day.
Identify your organization’s operating hours, and use this timeframe as the guide for your work hours. Any personal tasks, errands or projects should be done outside of work hours.
Be judicious about video meetings.
With the shift from working in the office to working from home came a big shift in the use of video meetings. With the increase in the number of video meetings came Zoom fatigue. Not all meetings have to be video meetings. Pick up the phone and speak to someone. Save video meetings for the weekly check-in with your manager, your team or important clients.
Recognize when you are tired, and stop working.
Some people are experiencing burnout while working from home during the coronavirus pandemic. Professionals are continuing to work after 5pm, having to care for children at home and are feeling they have to work extra hard to prove themselves worthy of working from home and in case of layoffs.
Engaging in anything when you are tired is unlikely to produce optimal results. Listen to your body. When you recognize that you are tired, accept it. Give yourself permission to step away from your work and return to it when you have rested and recharged.