What Really Happened to Workforce Productivity Since the Start of The Pandemic?

At the beginning of the pandemic, there was no consensus on the right way to work from home, or just how long it would last. After the initial shock of the pandemic began to subside and we began to accept long-term work-from-home operations, the question began to pop up: is work from home more or less productive for the average worker? 

The general thought was that because a large percentage of people were working from home that weren’t used to doing so, there would be a significant decrease in productivity across the board. However, that was found to not be the case. 

Though many people believed at the start of the pandemic that working from home would decrease employee motivation and productivity, study after study shows that workers can maintain the same level of productivity or even surpass pre-pandemic levels of productivity. Being in the comfort of their homes did not affect worker motivation or productivity in the long run. 

The pandemic allowed some workers to always be available to coworkers or superiors. Because everyone knew that their coworkers were home, and likely “not busy,” people found themselves working at various hours of the day. So, while the typical 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. job may be on its last legs as what we consider the norm, it does not mean that the level of productivity that we are accustomed to is dead; in fact, it may only be getting stronger as our workers remain at home. 

Ultimately, to really know exactly what is going on, it will take a few more years of data to see what the trend is long-term. 

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