85% of execs lose confidence in remote work productivity, plus exclusive webinar & Free Book!

Jun 21, 2023 7:49 pm

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Is remote work really less productive, or are we just experiencing a case of "Deja Vu all over again"? Let's dive into the fascinating world of productivity and see if we can find some answers.



According to a recent survey, remote employees have been caught red-handed taking advantage of their newfound flexibility. The statistics are quite disturbing ...and amusing:

  • An astonishing 74.7% admit to indulging in a bit of social media scrolling during work hours.
  • Not to be outdone, 71.6% have mastered the art of multitasking by completing household chores while on the clock.
  • And a staggering 69.6% have succumbed to the siren call of online shopping during their workday.
  • 3 in 10 Americans say they have moved their mouse around on the clock so that their status showed “active” 
  • 1 in 5 Americans say they have taken a nap while on the clock

But wait, there's more! 

  • U.S. workers from that time were spending over 2 hours a day exploring the depths of the internet, running errands, and even searching for other job opportunities.
  • Believe it or not, nearly 1 in 4 employees invested a significant amount of time in engaging in conversations with friends and associates.
  • And the younger workforce, those under 35 years old, shamelessly admitted to wasting nearly 2 hours of their precious workday.

With these eye-opening numbers, it's no wonder that 85 percent of leaders are losing confidence in their remote employees' productivity. However, there's a mind-boggling twist for you.

Now before you jump on the bandwagon and issue your mandate to return to the office, brace yourself for a plot twist. The latter employee time wasting results are a blast from the past: 2005 to be exact, 18 years ago!

It's clear that time-wasting habits are nothing new, whether in the era of remote work or the traditional office setup. So, let's set the record straight and debunk the myth that remote work is solely responsible for these shenanigans. It's time to address the real underlying issues.

Managers have a knack for gaslighting and deflecting, conveniently blaming remote work for all the productivity challenges. However, the truth is, employees have been masters of time-wasting for ages. Remember when managers threatened to remove water coolers four decades ago, assuming it would eliminate gossip and socializing?

Fast forward to today, and those same managers are longing for the water cooler banter that sparked serendipitous moments and fueled innovation. The missing water cooler talk has left them yearning for that magical creative spark. So, dear managers, I pose a question: is water cooler talk a mere distraction, or could it actually be the catalyst for innovation? Perhaps it's time to reflect on your ability to create serendipitous moments while managing a remote or hybrid workforce.

Now it's your turn to share your experiences and insights! Have you found ways to thrive and innovate while working remotely? We're eager to hear your thoughts.

Stay tuned for our next newsletter, where I’ll continue to delve into innovative and effective strategies to boost productivity and foster innovation in remote and hybrid work environments. Together, let’s conquer the challenges and forge a path to success in this ever-evolving Never Normal work landscape.

Until next time,


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