Longer work days for people working from home

Due to Covid-19, many people currently work from home. A collaboration between researchers from the Harvard Business School and the New York University now discovered that, on average, these people work 48.5 minutes more each day than before the pandemic. For their study, the researchers looked at the digital working patterns of 3.1 million people from a few thousand companies, which are located in North America, Europe and the Middle East. Not only has the work day gotten longer for many people, but the working methods have also adapted: The researchers found that there are more e-mails being send internally, however, only 1.4 more on average. Furthermore, meetings have gotten around 20 percent shorter compared to before the pandemic, even though the total number of conferences has increased. Additionally, a digital meeting has more participants, nevertheless a single person spends less time in conferences than before the lockdown. The entire study by the Harvard Business School and the New York University can be found under:

https://www.nber.org/papers/w27612.

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Impressionen zum Leben in Zeiten der Corona-Pandemie: Foto: tünews INTERNATIONAL; Mostafa Elyasian, 18.08.2020

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