Researchers have found that working from home has no detrimental effect on productivity

Researchers have found that working from home has no detrimental effect on productivity

Employees who work remotely during natural disasters or other events do not see a decrease in productivity.

Researchers have found that working from home has no detrimental effect on productivity

The company was forced to close its premises due to flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey during the study period, forcing workers to work remotely for an extended length of time.

A team of academics led by Kamrie Sarnosky, Mark Benden, Garett Sansom, Leslie Cizmas, and Annette Regan worked with a large oil and gas corporation in Houston, Texas, to examine ergonomic software data from 264 employees and published their findings in the journal ‘Work.’

The researchers looked at employee technology data before, during and after Hurricane Harvey. They found that although total computer use declined during the hurricane, employees’ work behaviours during the seven-month period of working remotely returned to pre-hurricane levels.

“In the future, there will be a greater percentage of the workforce who is involved in some sort of office-style technology work activities,” said Benden, who is director of the school’s Ergonomics Center.

This finding suggests that remote work does not negatively impact workplace productivity.This study offers important insights into information workers who have become increasingly used to and interested in working remotely as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Almost all of the study’s employees were right back up to the same level of output as they were doing before Hurricane Harvey. This is a huge message right now for employers because we’re having national debates about whether or not employees should be able to work remotely or in a hybrid schedule.”

This study is part of a large effort by the Ergonomics Center that is looking at the health of information workers. Although seemingly less taxing than blue-collar work, information workers are prone to injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome.

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