In Canada, as workers return to office, productivity drops

In Canada, as workers return to office, productivity drops

An intriguing thing about the pandemic, at least from an employment point-of-view, is that productivity in Canada improved after working from home.

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One of the most interesting things about the pandemic, at least from an employment perspective, is that productivity didn’t suffer as a result of remote work.

In some cases, employees increased their production while working from home, either because they were happier or because they made an extra effort to impress their bosses.

But, some news from the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicated that productivity plummeted during the first half of 2022. That drop in productivity marks the sharpest decline since the 1940s.

Economists are attempting to explain the decline, and to understand what this means for post-pandemic changes to the workplace. This including hybrid schedules that allow more time out of the office.

First, there’s a new online trend called “quiet quitting,” meaning some employees may decrease their work production to express a recalibration of their work-life balance. In essence, these employees are reprioritizing the importance of work in their everyday lives.

More importantly, productivity is depleting because some individuals simply returned from the pandemic’s restrictions feeling that their bosses weren’t there for them in a meaningful fashion.

Now that most organizations are once again requiring a return to office, some employees are consciously or subconsciously expressing their dissatisfaction by taking their foot off the gas pedal, as it were.

Individuals who previously went above and beyond at their respective workplaces are now providing a little more than the expected work output.

Employees who previously gave only the expected output are now just going through the motions.

However, if managers can’t motivate their employees with positive, satisfying workplaces, productivity will undoubtedly decline.

Some managers are responding to the changes by imposing productivity-tracking software on employees — programs that monitor times spent at respectives desks and how busy employees are on their computers.

We may not know how precisely to create a positive, satisfying workplace. But we do know that. productivity is down as workers continue to return to offices.

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