A recent Gallup poll reported data which conveys workers experiencing higher satisfaction rates while conducting remote work.
Statistics and data show that three in five at-home workers in the United States who are conducting their weekly work remotely — many largely due to restrictions put in place from the coronavirus outbreak — wish to continue working remotely either full-time or part-time. If public health restrictions are lifted at some point in the future, only 41% of current remote employees convey a preference to return to their workplaces or offices in order to conduct their weekly work activities.
The Employer Experience During Remote Work
However, many employers are aware of remote work challenges as more than a few news sources report horror stories about employees taking advantage of working from home, including (but not limited to) employee misconduct, not to mention employees spending vital work time conducting personal activities not related to their jobs.
Primary concerns about remote work among employers include misallocation of company dollars spent while remote workers decline in normal productivity rates. Understandably, company and organizational top brass remain wary about allowing workers to conduct their work unsupervised.
Employers are highly aware of employee burnout risk, which can potentially affect companies in multiple ways, which can be a factor in lack of growth and ROI. Business owners and employee managers are interested in taking measures to address this problem instead of choosing to wonder and worry about whether or not employees are honest about work conducted and time spent working when it comes time to turn their timecards in.
Employee Productivity During the Work Week
Surveys show that employee productivity is generally at its high point early during a common work week, Tuesdays being the most productive. When surveyed, just under 40% of human resources management teams interviewed give Tuesdays the highest rank when it comes to productivity and work accomplished. Thursdays and Fridays generally end up being tied in the eyes of employers for the work week’s least productive day — each earning only 3% response.
Tuesdays have held their position as most productive day of the week since the late 1980s. This may have something to do with employees dreading Mondays after coming off their weekends. Wednesday might also be considered more productive than Thursdays and Fridays since the day marks the midpoint of a general work week.
Solutions That Track Employee Productivity
Technological solutions continue to develop which help employers keep track of their dollars spent, not to mention more closely observe employee productivity.
Work tracking tools and effective computer screen monitoring software have become some of the most functional solutions for employers to ensure that employees are performing honest work while on company time.
Additional remote work business solutions include team management solutions, employee phones and business phone lines, online onboarding and employee training systems, as well as additional third-party app integrations.
As remote work continues to be a widely-adopted answer to COVID-19 restrictions, employers will continue to seek best possible practices and solutions that will keep employees productive and inspired during the work week. Tech companies will continue to refine and develop new ways to help businesses remain profitable as the marketplace continues to evolve.