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New research by Utility Bidder reveals that 65% of office workers have seen improved productivity since working from home.
Conducted on behalf of the leading business comparison site Utility Bidder, the survey which asked 1,000 office workers currently working from home, revealed that 45% of workers said their personal productivity had improved, while another 22% said their team’s productivity also had improved, proving that collaboration and team projects still function while working remotely.
James Longley, Managing Director at Utility Bidder, said:
“From furloughing staff to moving to a completely remote working team, there has been a shift to find a new normal during lockdown.
“Office disruptions, time saved on commuting, fewer meetings, and more can all contribute to the improvement we’ve seen from our survey. With efficiency so important for businesses, working from home has actually stripped out a lot of unnecessary lost time.”
“Specialist software, tools, equipment or new business models had to be rolled out. Often these tools, such as Slack, Zoom, Trello, and more are easy to download and start using – but playing catch up and working through trial and error in these conditions is not an ideal situation for any business. However, without these technologies, many businesses would have struggled to adapt so quickly.”
“Utility Bidder saw that one of the biggest challenges was communication, not just between teams but also between the companies and their customers.
“The lines of communication need to be open,” James added. “Many businesses simply cannot operate as they have in the past.”
“Businesses who innovate and pivot their corporate strategies during a crisis outperform their peers. Apple’s stance has taught us not to shy away from innovation. Lose the ego and look to other industries for inspiration. Whereas FedEx embraced the changes and promoted a value of not being afraid of change.
“The COVID-19 crisis has prompted acts of innovation across all industries and sectors. How businesses innovate hasn’t necessarily changed in this time of crisis, but the emphasis and urgency has. This has led many businesses to understand that innovation doesn’t require perfection.
“Sometimes you need to be willing to go to market with something that isn’t perfect but is good enough to do the job.”