Analysing perceived communication and productivity of different office workers while working fully from home due to COVID-19 restrictions

Minou Weijs-Perrée, R. Appel-Meulenbroek, Jeroen Looijen, Bartele Hoekstra, Pity Jongens-Van der Schaaf

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Background and aim – Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, people were forced to fully work from home under unique circumstances. Although working from home has several benefits, there are also many challenges regarding work-related communication, which are expected to have an impact on office worker’s productivity. Therefore, this study is aimed to analyse how office workers perceived work-related communication while working from home during this pandemic, and how this related to their perceived individual productivity.
Methods / Methodology – The data are collected through a survey which was distributed between April and December 2020 among knowledge workers working at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The descriptive and bivariate analyses are based on data from 22.013 respondents.
Results – The results showed that generally people rate their productivity as positive. In addition, employees are positive about knowledge sharing and contact frequency while working from home. However, employees miss the spontaneous communication and people who are dependent on team work feel less productive, when working fully from home. In addition, people are moderately positive about the ease of communication with colleagues. People with (young) children and people who live alone perceived their productivity lower while working from home.
Practical or social implications – Since COVID-19, working from home has become more popular and is expected to stay more popular after this pandemic. This evoked reconsideration of workplace management strategies by many organisations. Insights in the perception of people regarding workrelated communication while working fully from home, under unique circumstances, could help these organizations to improve communication facilities at home and at the office and eventually optimize work processes.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationResearch papers the 20th EuroFM research symposium
EditorsTuuli Jylhä
Place of PublicationOnline
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Event20th EuroFM research symposium - online
Duration: 16 Jun 202117 Jun 2021


Conference20th EuroFM research symposium


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