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Work From Home Productivity During & After Covid Lockdowns in New Zealand

During the Covid-19 pandemic, several New Zealand companies implemented new methods of service. Many Kiwi staff have gone remote, connecting virtually with consumers and colleagues. Others continue to go to work every day, but they do so in many different ways. All is giving it their all. But how profitable have businesses been since the pandemic in comparison to where they were prior to Covid-19?

The short response is that it is dependent on the business. Some people have remained amazingly active throughout the Covid period, using cutting-edge technologies to collaborate successfully and efficiently. Most, on the other hand, are less active than they were a year before. The biggest distinction between the best and the rest is how well they managed their workforces’ precious time, talent, and energies prior to Covid-19. Companies that were still well-known before the pandemic have started to shine. Those that did not do well also had a tough time.

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Working at home allows you to be more productive

One of the most notable reactions to the COVID-19 pandemic has been the abrupt move of roughly half of the population to operate from home.

In certain instances, this was followed by a dramatic change to home education.

Working from home, contrary to popular belief, was one aspect of the pandemic response that went off without a hitch. Many forms of office work carried on as if nothing had changed.

The majority of discussions about the crisis have assumed that a return to anything resembling pre-crisis “usual” is both imminent and desirable.

However, the unplanned experiment we have been compelled to conduct shows that we may have stumbled upon a huge incentive for microeconomic transformation, with much greater rewards than the hard-fought reforms of the late twentieth century.

No More Commute Times to and from Work

Per workday, the average worker spends an hour commuting. Fortunately, this is a statistic that has remained remarkably stable since Neolithic times, a discovery known as Marchetti’s Law. (Bertrand Russell is credited with making the same observation.)

Working at home would result in a 13% improvement in productivity if an hour of commuting was reduced without adjusting time spent on work or reducing production (assuming a 38-hour working work).

If half of the population achieved such a boost, it would lead to a 6.5 percent improvement in average labour productivity.

For digital companies, it’s business as usual

Now that anyone who can work from home is doing so, the digital workspace is critical to maintaining continuous output. And, with a new digital workspace that includes essential resources, video meetings, text, and collaborative apps, the transition to 100 percent remote work doesn’t have to be all that drastic. Not in organisations where the majority of workers had now welcomed this modern way of operating.

Liquid Web NZ Moves to 100% ‘Work From Home’ And Is Doing Better Than Ever

Emily Hall from Liquid Web NZ, a local web design company has adopted seemlessly to a work from home balance and is managing their team, and workload better than ever.

Emily Hall Liquid Web NZ

“We already had a lot of the systems in place to work from home, and a lot of the team did frequently do so. We only kept coming into the office as it appeared more ‘professional’ to our client base. Now that the pandemic has happened, and it is more socially acceptable to be working from home, I don’t see us really having a need to return to the office. Our team is just as productive (if not more), and the work is still being complete to an exceptional standard. The local businesses we work with are very happy and get their websites built and delivered just as they usually would at a high standard. Many prefer the online meetings too, since they are also busy running their own businesses so it was an inconveniece to book time out during the day and come see us at our office.”

Steps to further increase efficiency in the future

Being plunged into the COVID-19 crisis prompted us to wonder which job was considered most valuable to consumers and vital for survival – what is the “new minimum.” As a result, executives and their teams worked out what work needed to be done, how to do it, and persuaded themselves that it needed to be done today, not later.

Using these lessons as a guideline, work can be divided into three categories: important, required, and waste, with each graded based on its effect on the organization’s strategic importance. Time expended on and form of job must be recorded, along with lessons learnt from the crisis. For example, management material that is actually vital to adding strategic transparency must be established, whereas typical reams of records that are seldom reviewed by senior decision-makers should be discarded.

‘Must-Have’ results required to deliver on workplace tasks

Leaders should provide consistency on the “must-have” results required to deliver value and convey them on a regular basis. The message must create a convincing “why” this result is important – what suffering it will relieve, what benefit it will create.

The amount of time people spent on projects that have competitive benefit can then be calculated and evaluated. In most of the organisations we deal for, workforces spend less than 30% of their time on work that delivers the desired competitive benefit uplift.

If these initial effects have been calculated, important steps must be taken promptly, and changes must be made rapidly if tasks are not dramatically increasing the value generated. Once the work that needs to be completed has been catalogued and more of people’s time has been refocused on it, related institutional and workflow improvements will both strengthen and sustain long-term higher efficiency transitions.

 

Celebrities Working From Home Adapting To A New Lifestyle

It’s not just local business owners who have been effected by lockdowns, Celebrities, like many people around the world, have been quarantined in their homes due to the coronavirus pandemic. Throughout the crisis, plenty of those actors have been working from home, whether it’s commenting on current affairs, hosting remotely-produced programming, or just sharing fun videos and snaps. From Andy Cohen to Kim Kardashian, celebrities have been hard at work at home, and they’ve been documenting their exploits on social media.

Apple Work From Home Advert:

A nice touch is seeing big brands get involved in the ‘work from home’ lifestyle. In the advert a team are tasked with designing a new prototype while dealing with a short deadline, a budget cut, and organisational issues while being dispersed at random away from their colleagues. A situation that is all too common to office employees who have adapted to work from home style.

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