Anyone who's read my blog will know I'm a data nerd. I'm extremely grateful to all the business professionals in my network who answered this survey for me earlier this week and who are continuing to answer the survey.
If there are any major shifts in insight, I will update this blog based on your new responses. I hope you find the results as fascinating as I do. Please click on the charts, and they will enlarge. This should help you to see them properly, particularly on mobile devices.
Companies seem to be doing a good job of enabling their employees to work from home effectively. You can see some of the challenges that they face, including social isolation. Some of your other responses that stood out for me included:
- Seeing people live, interacting with them. Feeling the vibe in the team.
- Not being able to have face to face meetings with clients and in some cases colleagues too.
- I prefer working from home so no issues
- People and mental breaks with others.
- Co-worker engagement. Time and space to separate work from home.
- Nice to work face to face particularly at the start of new assignments
- Physical stand up desk, appropriate chair, internet reliability and performance.
- Direct contact with coworkers- ability to meet in person to go over drawings.
- Frequent and informal communication.
- Contact with others, commute, Coffee breaks with friends
As before, under 'other' you've put given us some wonderful insights into how you're coping with working from home during this pandemic. I found some of your responses funny and others, a bit ominous.
- Efficiency of others - this is a bit scary!
- Difficulty staying focused because I am at home all the time
- Missing the face to face communication, which can mean better communication overall.
- Too much meetings - Love this one!
- Informal communication is harder,
- Creating a good work life balance
- Sensing other actual demeanour and appetite for the work is more difficult when not face to face.
- I work more, with less breaks so the burn out is around the corner...
- Difficulty repairing staff computer when either of us are not in the office.
- printing - Who doesn't get frustrated with printers? Luckily my home HP printer is working fine right now!
It was interesting how your work patterns have adjusted to a purely work from home situation. I imagine some of you who are almost entirely not working to a regular 9-5 schedule has the type of work that supports that
- Perhaps architects or software programmers? - I know from working with them, that they (software programmers) often love to work late at night, for example.
You can take the survey here.