Pandemic Productivity: Is the WFH Model Helpful?

According to a recent Nintex study, 67 percent of employees confirm that their pandemic productivity is higher than before. Prior to the pandemic, organizations sparingly allowed work from home (WFH) models for fear of losing efficiency and resource hours. However, the opposite happened the past year when coronavirus threatened business continuity across the globe. In this article at TechRepublic, Hope Reese shares how the WFH model helped increase pandemic productivity for working professionals despite multiple challenges.

Pandemic Productivity Is Real

70 percent of the Nintex Workplace Study respondents reported that remote work was a positive experience despite the looming health risks. The majority of their reasons were “family time, no commute, fewer interruptions, and work-life balance.”

Changing Opinions

While senior professionals highly recommend the WFH model, entry-level workers complained about burnouts and overtime. Furthermore, people living with dependents had a hard time juggling their personal and work commitments. However, most were happy with their WFH model. They also wanted perks like adaptable work hours, updated technology and systems, and reimbursements for internet and home setup purchases.

The Gen Z workers opined that task automation would enable better pandemic productivity. Meanwhile, millennials wanted hardware equipment for their home office. Gen X demanded work hour flexibility, and the Boomers wanted a pay hike.

Most professionals want their organizations to continue to provide flexibility even after returning to the office post-pandemic. The common complaints are overwork, so all they need is more time and time-offs to refresh their mind.

When offices eventually open, some fear that they will continue to have those additional remote meetings leading to a dip in pandemic productivity. Dustin Groose, Nintex chief marketing and strategy officer, observes, “Employees across every job role and generation are looking for workplaces that are flexible and offer automation tools that make work faster, easier, and more enjoyable.”

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