At home vs. Office Where are employees most productive?

Companies didn’t have a transition period, and productivity became a major concern for companies.

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At home vs. Office Where are employees most productive?
At home vs. Office Where are employees most productive?

The adoption of COVID-19 forced companies to mobilize their employees to work from home to prevent the virus from spreading. Companies didn’t have a transition period, and productivity became a major concern for companies.

Kevin Gibson, CEO of Robert Walters in Latin America, commented: “Many bosses believed that employees who work from home with no one to oversee them would be less productive and have a better chance of saving time by doing series watch or take a nap. However, the employees have shown that it is possible to work remotely without affecting their productivity. ”

Robert Walters started a study to learn more about how employees and organizations have adapted to use COVID-19, remain productive and maintain operations. 67% of employees state that their productivity has remained the same or increased since they started working from home. But what caused this increase?

1. Less transmission time

Photo: entrepreneurs in Spanish.

For 80% of employees, the main factor that has increased their productivity is not having to spend time moving. In Mexico City, employees spend up to 4 hours a day to get to their offices. This creates stress and the feeling of wasting time if you get stuck in traffic or public transport. In the long term, this can affect the mood and performance of employees when they arrive at their workplace.

Also for those commercial positions that needed to be moved to hold face-to-face meetings with customers, migrating to video calls enabled them to optimize their time and perform other tasks.

“Although the city has tried to introduce alternative modes of transportation, the average time workers have to spend moving has been very high. Over time, this deteriorates the quality of life, employees may feel tired and affect their performance. COVID-19 was a great experiment to show that the way work works and companies need to figure out what policies they can implement to adapt to new employee needs, ”said Kevin.

By working remotely, employees have been able to replace commuting times with new activities in their daily activities, which allow them to concentrate more on work, avoid daily careers and take on new hobbies.

2. Less distractors


Arriving at 9:00 a.m. to avoid delays, but starting work at 10 a.m. after coffee was brewed and employees caught was part of the routine office arrival. When you work from home, there may be fewer distractions that allow employees to concentrate and work better. For 51% of workers, fewer distractors have enabled higher productivity.

We recommend adapting an exclusive work area in the house to facilitate concentration and, if possible, include suitable furniture. The body will appreciate this. Currently 45% of the employees work in the kitchen and 15% in bed.

“When employees work from home, they don’t feel the pressure to stick to a work schedule just to keep to it, and downtime is reduced. It’s not about working tirelessly, it’s about concentrating more and that the time dedicated to the job is the right time to do daily chores, ”added Kevin.

3. Comfort and flexibility


Working from home enabled people to sleep more, exercise, watch TV and spend more time with loved ones. Also for those employees with strict dress codes and work plans Home office It gave them more flexibility to adopt the style of work that best suits them.

When applied effectively, flexibility policies can give employees more freedom and autonomy, and allow them to determine their work plan through other priorities.

“64% of workers say that the flexibility of working hours has been a factor in increasing their productivity. With flexible work guidelines, you can retain employees and increase their motivation. It will also be an instrument in the job market to attract the best talent, “advises Kevin.

How can productivity be promoted at this moment of remote work?

Kevin shares some recommendations:

  • Communication: “It is important that leaders communicate with their teams, develop plans to achieve the goals together, and pursue them.”

  • Avoid pajamas: “Although comfortable clothing is worn, the pajamas must be put aside. This has psychological effects and creates a more productive work environment.”

  • Organization above all: “Structure your day and create routines that take concentrated working hours and rest periods into account so as not to saturate the mind and avoid fatigue.”

  • Recognition: “Recognize the people who are achieving their goals and motivate them to share tips and recommendations with their colleagues.”

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