Working from Home
Posted by: gadgetgeek
10th Apr 2022 11:16am
Do you think you are more productive working from home than in the office environment?
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No way. I love working at an office with the people I work with. I get distracted at home with house stuff I am more focused at the office. Also good to walk away leave it behind and go home.
I'm a secondary teacher, so this is a very interesting question. During the lockdowns over the last two years, I was certainly 'more productive' working from home. That is, I was able to get more done during work hours - this consisted of planning online lessons, creating resources (a big task with the switch to online learning), regular live sessions with students (though these were shorter than a regular class at school), marking student work, emails, normal admin, etc. I also didn't have to go out on yard duties, meetings tended to be shorter, and colleagues weren't just 'dropping into' my office to have a chat. So on face value, yes, I was more productive working from home.
However, the 'unquantifiable' aspect of my job was lost, or at least a lot harder, during remote learning. Chatting to students at breaks, building rapport, noticing changes in behaviour that might indicate social-emotional problems, picking up on students who were struggling with particular tasks, keeping students accountable for their work and behaviour - all critical aspects of the job that were very challenging to maintain without face-to-face contact. On the one hand, losing these helped me be more productive; I could work through lunchtime instead of taking the time to sit with a group of students, or meet with a student to discuss their essay. However, these are an integral part of education - educating the whole student, not just the 'academic'. Furthermore, sometimes these things took longer than they would on campus (such as following up missed work or supporting a student who was struggling with a task).
Overall, I was *more productive* working from home in terms of quantifiable tasks. But at what cost? The ramifications of two years of lockdowns on students is going to take years to play out. In terms of developing well-rounded young adults, I would have been far more productive at school.
Office is muuuuch better for me getting work done.
I work in admin and marketing, so being able to actually speak to people is a massive benefit for me. I do find when I'm at home if I have a big project I get more done, but my day to day tasks are much easier in the office.
Not for me. Office environment help me focus more on the work I am assigned to do.
I feel like there are more short breaks and distractions for me. So often slightly less time actually at the desk BUT these little breaks actually help to increase my efficiency. So it pays off. It's nice to be able to have that break when you need to ; stretch your legs, have done tea, look after your eye health, etc. Also saves time in travel and allows more sleep in time, which also boosts productivity. I find I'm much more tired after returning to in person work.
I work from home 100% so for me it is normal. I am productive because I set aside the time and don't allow interruptions to my work routine.