Remote employees are overwhelmed by workplace technologies, and that’s affecting their productivity. According to Beezy’s 2021 Digital Workplace Trends & Insights report, 51% of workers say they’re struggling with feeling connected to their work in all-virtual settings. Meanwhile, 41% are overwhelmed by the number of tools and technologies they’re required to use and 58% say frequent application notifications decrease their productivity.
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Over the last year, everyone working from home has experienced ups and downs. As the study observes, employees have gained hours each week because of suspended commutes, for example. However, problems like spotty Internet connections or slow transmission speeds cause frustration and wasted time.
But when it comes to remote workflows, communications and knowledge sharing, “the cracks are deepening” under everyone. Beezy said. “After a year of remote work, employees are more burnt out than ever thanks to an abundance of meetings, hundreds of notifications and little sense of belonging to their company,” said CMO Mike Hicks. “It’s on business leaders to fix these disjointed digital workplaces, especially as we enter a new era of hybrid-virtual work.”
At Home and In Office
The report found that 73% of employees who’d worked remotely before the pandemic believed virtual work presented challenges that in-person employees don’t experience.
The report also found:
- 55% of employees struggle to find and share organizational knowledge.
- 41% of employees struggle with team bonding and participating in company culture.
- 54% work more hours remotely, compared to before the pandemic.
- 54% find it difficult to follow workflows using the appropriate software tools.
- 61% aren’t completely satisfied with their company’s workplace tools and technologies.
Hicks pointed at outdated company intranets, poor communication practices, limited knowledge sharing and inefficient digital processes as being particular problems. “At this point in the technical lifecycle, there’s no reason these tools should be working against you,” he said.