When it comes to productivity, workers share more similarities than differences, new research from talent solutions and business consulting firm Robert Half shows. A survey of more than 500 professionals in Canada reveals five productivity trends that have taken shape since the shift to remote work.

  1. Productivity peaks early in the week. Employees get the most done on Monday and Tuesday, whether at home or in the office. Results are consistent with a similar survey conducted in 2019, before the rise of remote and hybrid work.
  2. Professionals have defined power hours. Most workers hit their stride in the late morning (9 a.m. to noon) and early afternoon (1 to 4 p.m.), regardless of where they sit. Very few tackle their to-dos during lunch or evening hours.
  3. Meetings are getting in the way. When asked to share what most impedes their productivity, the top response was unnecessary calls and meetings (34%), followed by conversations with colleagues (25%).
  4. Home is where it happens. While 23% of professionals said they’re equally productive wherever they work, 42% reported accomplishing more at home. Those commuting to the office perform best in a private space (42%) versus a collaborative one (14%).
  5. Concerns about flexible work are waning. Two-thirds of employees (67%) feel their boss cares more about their contributions to the company than when and where they work. Separate research from Robert Half shows 31% of managers don’t mind if their direct reports put in fewer than 40 hours a week, as long as the job gets done.

“For many professionals, there is a positive correlation between flexible work and increased productivity, and employers and employees both play a role in realizing the benefits,” said David King, senior managing director, Robert Half Canada.

“When implementing a flexible schedule, managers need to set clear expectations; cultivate a culture that promotes trust and discourages micromanagement; and establish performance metrics based on results,” added King. “At the same time, workers need to deliver quality work, meet deadlines and keep lines of communication open with their manager and colleagues to ensure business goals are met.”

Source: Cision News Wire