New Remote Work Survey Finds American Workforce More Productive, But Personal Wellness Suffering While Working from Home

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SHIFT Consulting, a Baltimore-based firm, developed and launched a free Remote Work Survey, with a goal to collect insights from employees who are now working from home, regarding perceived benefits and challenges of their new workforce dynamics.

It’s no secret that the once-defined boundaries between work and home have substantially blurred due to the pandemic. To come out on top, it is imperative that business leaders listen to their most valuable asset: their employees.

Economic change has been a dominating theme in the global marketplace in 2020, with the onset of COVID-19 activating new telework infrastructures and many business owners implementing innovative approaches to operationalizing their businesses. To serve and support the business community, SHIFT Consulting, a Baltimore-based firm, developed and launched a free Remote Work Survey, with a goal to collect insights from employees who are now working from home, regarding perceived benefits and challenges of their new workforce dynamics.

The survey was initially conducted with employees representing 22 companies, located throughout the United States and spanning diverse industries. Between April and July 2020, SHIFT received more than 5,300 completed surveys from entry to executive-level employees and distilled those results into their Remote Work Data Insights Report (https://www.shiftthework.com/remote-work-data-insights-report).

Data from respondents suggest that the majority of the American workforce (54.8 percent of survey respondents) consider themselves more than 25 percent more productive while working from their home offices rather than the corporate spaces they previously utilized. The figure is attributed to reduced or eliminated commute time, increased flexibility in their daily schedules and achievement of a better overall work/life balance.

In tandem, some of those working from home are also reporting a decrease in their overall personal wellness. A total of 25.5 percent of respondents implied reduced connections with friends and family, uncertainty about the future, fear of layoff and unemployment and health and safety risks associated with the COVID-19 health pandemic are all contributing to this statistic.

“We conducted this survey to help business leaders better understand their vulnerabilities, threats and risks based on perspectives from their employees and accounting for workflow changes that have taken place in recent months,” says Joe Mechlinski, CEO and founder of SHIFT.

A New York Times bestselling author, speaker, investor and social entrepreneur, Mechlinski believes the global health pandemic has presented an opportunity for all businesses to re-imagine the future of their work.

“It’s no secret that the once-defined boundaries between work and home have substantially blurred due to the pandemic. To come out on top, it is imperative that business leaders listen to their most valuable asset: their employees,” he said.

“Our survey is just one way for executives to do that, because without that level of awareness and insight, it will be impossible to optimize one’s business model moving forward.”

SHIFT has already developed the next iteration of its survey which further explores employees’ work experiences and well-being in the ever-changing work world. Companies of all sizes are invited to participate and will be provided customized recommendations to accelerate employee engagement and well-being in accordance with results. For additional information about survey participation and reporting, visit: https://www.shiftthework.com/working-well-survey.

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