Remote work does not have an impact on productivity

Remote work does not have an impact on productivity ...

A research team from theTexas A&M University School of Public Health found that employee and company resilience may be enhanced by the possibility that employees to work remotely during natural disasters and other events that result in workplace displacement.

The team, comprised of Kamrie Sarnosky, Mark Benden, Garett Sansom, Leslie Cizmas, and Annette Regan, was able to analyze ergonomic software data from 264 employees. During the study period, the company was forced to close its offices because of Hurricane Harvey, which required employees to work remotely for an extended period.

Researchers examined employee technology data before, during and after Hurricane Harvey. They found that although total computer use decreased during the hurricane, employees worked behaviors during the seven-month period of working remotely returned to pre-hurricane levels. This finding suggests that remote work does not negatively affect workplace productivity.

This study, which was published in IOS Pressin February, reveals important insights into information workers who have become increasingly habituated and interested in working remotely as a result of the COVID-19 epidemic.

According to Benden, the schoolErgonomics Center''s director, in the future, there will be a greater percentage of employees who participate in some sort of office-style technology work activities. This is a clear statement for employers because they were currently discussing whether or not employees should be able to work remotely or in a hybrid schedule.

This research is part of a vast effort by the Ergonomics Center focused on information workers'' health. Although it is somewhat less taxing than blue-collar work, information workers are more susceptible to injury such as carpal tunnel syndrome. According to Benden, if you work a certain way at a certain rate, you''ll be more likely to suffer from that work. But if you work less or a little less often or have a certain other character traits, then youre less likely to develop a problem

Researchers from Texas A&M believe this information can be used to promote healthy behaviors for employees, including those working remotely, and to inform corporate policies. They will also be looking at monitoring the ergonomic environment in employees home offices. This type of information is a valuable tool to help companies address remote employee health issues, including stress, depression, and substance abuse.

The question was whether or not we could assist individuals while allowing them to stay in a bad place, a bad habit, or a bad behavior. Benden said, however, suggests that instead of allowing them to keep track of time, we should have a healthful nudge over the internet to remind them that it was time to go walking or a break. In order to keep us from physically affecting our bodies, we must have nudges and reminders, which people respond to, and which are effective.

Benden noted that taking breaks does not impede employee''s quality of work.

People who took the recommended breaks were more productive overall. They got more done, he said. We must learn more about people, we must educate people about it, and then we need to assist people in doing it.

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