Productive and Disruptive – Latest Studies Highlight the Different Shades of Remote Work


Studies by the Best Practice Institute, Igloo Software, Perceptyx, and, indicate employee dilemmas about the return to work, among other findings

Best Practice Institute’s survey indicates the end of physical office

June 4, 2020 – The Best Practice Institute’s Remote Workforce Report, based on a survey of more than 3,300 employees from companies with 1,000 to more than 10,000 employees, found that only 10% of employees were keen to return to the workplace.

The survey asked them to consider whether working remotely affected their productivity and what specific working conditions they would need to feel comfortable returning to the office environment.

  • 76% of respondents felt their personal productivity improved while 72% felt their entire team’s productivity improved by working from home.
  • 77% of employees had some experience with working remotely before COVID-19, and only 10% of them said they wanted to return to the workplace.
  • 43% of managers who had no previous experience managing a team remotely felt their personal productivity decreased.

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Igloo Software identifies several disruptions in the remote work environment

June 9, 2020 – While the Remote Workforce Study found that remote workers were more productive, Igloo Software’s third annual State of the Digital Workplace report found just the opposite. It also uncovered deep flaws in the collaboration of remote employees and associated privacy issues.

  • 51% of employees admitted to being overwhelmed by the amount of non-work-related messages sent in apps like Slack and Microsoft Teams
  • 54% of remote workers had at least one meeting interrupted due to technical issues
  • 57% admit to using at least one non-company approved application to communicate or share company information.
  • 65% have improperly shared and stored sensitive documents and information, which can lead to risks and potential security breaches.

The younger generation feels isolated while working remotely, finds Perceptyx

June 9, 2020 – Perceptyx, the employee survey and people analytics platform, released a report that finds younger generations are struggling the most when working remotely. After the outbreak of COVID-19, Perceptyx offered a series of free COVID-19-related employee surveys to clients and non-clients, which fetched feedback from above 500,000 individuals from every major industry on a global scale.

Key findings of the report titled “The Young and The Restless” are:

  • Digital natives of under 26 years are at the greatest risk of feeling disconnected from the effort to meet organizational goals, and achieve their own.
  • They feel less productive and supported in remote environments, leading to pervasive negative sentiment about remote work.
  • While digital natives favor returning to the physical workplace, those aged 26–45 are eager to see a hybrid work environment in the future.

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Americans have conflicted perspectives about education post the pandemic, finds

June 11, 2020 –, a learning platform, announced the results of a survey exploring how the COVID-19 pandemic is changing the way that Americans think about their future education and career decisions.

Findings of the survey include:

  • 56% of respondents are interested in pursuing additional education but cannot due to cost.
  • 26% said they are more likely to seek additional education because they want to find a recession-proof job.
  • 45% are looking for a course that will help advance their career.
  • 30% are interested in taking a course to explore a new interest.

“It’s no secret that the ongoing public health crisis has put workers under enormous financial strain, forcing them to re-evaluate their future education and career plans. While career future proofing is a top priority for most, many think they cannot pursue additional education due to perceived barriers. However, online learning today comes without the traditional education restrictions of cost, time, and location. At edX, we’re seeing a huge uptick in enrollments from individual students, university partners, and corporate partners who want to reskill their workforce to fill the current skills gap and provide employees with training to prepare for the unknown. We are proud to have recently hit a milestone of 100 million enrollments on the edX platform and truly believe online learning will be an integral part of the new normal for education.” – Adam Medros, edX co-CEO

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