The coronavirus-induced pandemic pressured the world to adapt to a brand new regular and organisations throughout the globe transitioned to a work-from-home setup. Whereas this allowed for folks to work from the protection and comforts of their houses, a examine revealed that distant work has its fair proportion of pitfalls too. To find out its results and long-term penalties, a considerable examine was performed that concerned knowledge from 61,182 Microsoft staff within the US. It was discovered that the tech large’s employees noticed a notable enhance in common of size of workweek in the course of the pandemic.
The examine, revealed within the Nature Human Behaviour journal, was pushed by the truth that earlier than the COVID-19 pandemic, solely shut to five p.c of Individuals labored from dwelling, whereas the quantity jumped to 37 p.c by April 2020.
The outcomes of the examine confirmed that the firm-wide distant work at Microsoft “induced the collaboration community of employees to change into extra static and siloed.” Distant setups have resulted in “fewer bridges between disparate elements,” the examine added, explaining that there was a lower in synchronous communication amongst staff.
“Collectively, these results might make it more durable for workers to accumulate and share new info throughout the community,” the examine defined.
Nevertheless, the examine additionally famous that the ten p.c rise within the common workweek size as a result of transition to distant work doesn’t essentially imply that staff are working longer hours. It may additionally level to much less productiveness, researchers mentioned.
“The rise in workweek hours may very well be a sign that staff had been much less productive and required extra time to finish their work, or that they changed a few of their commuting time with work time,” the examine mentioned, including that they had been solely in a position to measure the time between the primary and final work exercise in a day. “It is also that the identical quantity of working time is unfold throughout a higher share of the calendar day as a result of breaks or interruptions for non-work actions,” the examine mentioned.
As per a weblog submit by Microsoft, the examine additionally confirmed that distant work led the collaboration time staff spent with cross-group connections to drop by about 25 p.c. It additionally induced the organisational construction at Microsoft to change into “much less dynamic.”
To reach on the aforementioned conclusions, the examine examined knowledge from the primary six months of 2020 that included emails, calendars, instantaneous messages, video/ audio calls, and workweek hours of Microsoft staff.