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Work from Home & Productivity: Evidence from Personnel & Analytics Data on IT Professionals

Gibbs, Michael and Mengel, Friederike and Siemroth, Christoph (2022) 'Work from Home & Productivity: Evidence from Personnel & Analytics Data on IT Professionals.' Journal of Political Economy Microeconomics. (In Press)

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Abstract

We study employee productivity (output per hour worked) before and during the working from home period of the Covid-19 pandemic, using personnel and analytics data from over 10,000 skilled professionals at a large Indian IT services company. Hours worked increased, including a rise of 18% outside normal business hours. Average output declined slightly and employee productivity fell 8-19%. We then analyze determinants of changes in productivity. An important source is higher communication costs. Time spent on coordination activities and meetings increased, while uninterrupted work hours shrank considerably. Employees networked with fewer individuals and business units, both inside and outside the firm. They received less coaching and 1:1 meetings with supervisors. The findings suggest key issues for firms to address in implementing remote work.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Collaboration; Coordination; Productivity; Remote Working; Telecommuting; Working From Home; Work Hours; Work Time
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Economics, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 13 Apr 2022 15:04
Last Modified: 13 Apr 2022 15:05
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/32705

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