The second sentence in the headline of the article below sparked my curiosity as many of us adapt, or let's face it cope at times, to working from home for the foreseeable future.
It noted that Microsoft had been proactive in transitioning its employees to working from home as well as studying the consequences. It confirmed one "overarching result of being stuck at home -- at work -- the working day has become longer". I had suspected as much and now I had a glaring quantifiable indicator.
We are working 4 more hours a week on average.
A large part of what's driving that is:
the knowledge we are home most of the time and therefore accessible
more meetings because there is less opportunity for chance encounters
leaders' increased efforts to ensure employees are OK and employees' increased efforts to show up
creation of virtual pizza parties, happy hours, and other activities to keep everyone socially connected
Ultimately, I think we can agree the impact of longer work hours is not a positive.
Recommendation: If screen time is a must due to in-person restrictions, let's re-allocate some of those hours to virtual wellness classes that is the employees' choice.