Employees in Asia working in IT have lower productivity when remote than when working at a physical location, according to new research of 10,000 employees.
The study found that IT employees working from home spent around 30% more time to produce the same results as when they were working in a physical office, thus lowering their daily productivity.
Most of the extra work hours were spent attending online meetings and coordination activities.
“We see that there are more scheduled meetings, and people have to go on Zoom more often to ask colleagues for help,” says Friederike Mengel, one of the three authors of the study and an economics professor at the University of Essex in Essex, England.
The study’s findings are in contrast to what many companies have said about employee productivity over the past year.
In one survey of 238 HR chiefs in India, 68% said that remote staff displayed higher productivity in the pandemic.