At the start of September, we sent out a survey to SMARTIDIOM team members, which aimed to help us understand the impact of working from home on our employees. As a company, we’ve been working remotely since March this year as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the nationwide restrictions that followed.
We were delighted with the results of the survey, as they showed the team feels happy and fulfilled working under the current conditions, and that the idea of working remotely in the future has generated quite some interest.
The questionnaire also showed that the level of satisfaction with the current system, in which employees work remotely full-time, is very high: 72.7% of the team indicated that they are very satisfied with it, with 27.3% signalling that they are satisfied.
The second question was about how important it would be for employees to be able to choose a working model in which they would work both remotely and in the office. That is, whether employees would consider it important to have more flexible working conditions that could be negotiated and adapted in the event of an emergency. When presented with this option, 45.5% of the team answered that it would be important for them to have this choice, and 54.5% considered it very important.
In the following question, employees were asked to indicate which work model they preferred. 54.5% answered that if it were up to them, they would telecommute permanently, 45.5% of the team said that they would rather come into the office half the time and work remotely for the other half, and only 9% would prefer a model in which they were in the office most of the time.
Productivity is an equally important subject for us, both for the team and the company itself. We asked employees if they thought they were more or less productive when working from home. Despite 9.1% reporting a drop in productivity, 54.5% of the team indicated that their productivity was not affected by telecommuting. In comparison, 36.4% said they’re even more productive now that they’re working from home.
Responses to the question “Do you feel your quality of life could be improved if working remotely became a part of your routine?” were unanimous. The entire team answered that they have a better quality of life when working from home.
We also described a scenario in which an employee had a choice between two companies, one that provided the option of working remotely, and one that didn’t. We then asked whether this factor would have a significant impact on which one employees would choose to work for. The responses to this one were varied, as shown in the graph below, with the most common answer, given by 27.3% of employees, being that this factor would have a weighting of 90 to 100% on their decision.
We can definitely see that the SMARTIDIOM team has been won over by telecommuting and that this factor is critical in the hypothetical choices they may have to make. Working from home directly affects our team’s quality of life in a huge variety of ways and, to ensure the feedback we got was as comprehensive as possible, we set our team one last challenge. Like any option taken in the workplace, working from home certainly has both its advantages and disadvantages. These were some pinpointed by our employees:
This initiative provided data that will be very important when it comes to assessing our team’s current wellbeing. By sending out an anonymous questionnaire that provided 100% honest answers, we were able to detect problematic situations and draw up timely solutions to benefit our employees.
This survey also allowed us to gain a deeper psychological understanding of our team. Being aware of our team’s levels of satisfaction when working from home and each one’s personal experience of the “new normal” in our company are both essential in planning for our future.
The conclusions we were able to draw are very positive. The team is reacting well, is enjoying working from home and has found that its members are even more productive than in the office.
Initiatives like these are crucial to understanding our employees’ professional wellbeing and the global feeling among our people. In light of this analysis of our results, would you consider taking a similar approach in your company?
And don’t forget, we’re here to answer any questions and brainstorm with you, should you need us. Good luck! 😊