Remote Work, Productivity & Well-Being

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The prolonged period of lockdowns has changed the way we work, view productivity, and manage our well-being. In this pandemic, work from home, earlier construed a privilege for some employees, has become the new norm.

 

This has led to newer beliefs among firms, many of whom are now considering to have remote work for specific roles permanently. Employees are learning to navigate through their work demands while fulfilling domestic responsibilities under a lockdown. This has led to new paradigms of the well-being of the mind and body, and work-life balance.


Here, we aim to evaluate these impacts through interactions with academicians and industry veterans, surveys, research findings and publications.
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Work From Home Survey

If you have been working remotely more than the norm after the outbreak, we request your participation in this brief online survey below about the impact of sudden remote work on you and your organization.
 
The survey will take approximately five minutes to complete. It will be active for the next few months so we can observe how coping strategies of firms evolve in the short run.
 
Our survey complements independent analyses and development of a Work From Home (WFH) index that assesses the amenability of various jobs to remote working. We will publish findings from the survey analyses as well as the WFH index shortly.
 
Thank you very much in advance for your participation.
 
Survey Link:
https://forms.gle/fLwdQF1BA58Rc5wH9
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Understanding Work from Home

Deepa Mani & Shekhar Tomar

The outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and the subsequent work-from-home imperatives and lockdowns have led to significant economic disruptions around the world. As several millions of workers across diverse sectors are asked to self-quarantine, an understanding of the impact of this shift and mitigation strategies becomes critical. The insights from prior studies on the impact of work from home arrangements do not extend to the current context since these arrangements were mostly limited to a select group of workers and/or organizations and were often self-selected.

Above excerpt taken from a media publication. This is an ongoing study.


Read more: The Hindu
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Disruption Index

Deepa Mani & Shekhar Tomar

Two indices (Work From Home and Human Proximity) were mapped, district-wise and industry-wise, to determine the impact of the current lockdown. In this district-level measure, researchers find that cities had a higher potential for work from home, with many services based from here. Also, some urban districts were found more amenable to work from home. This study also found interesting variations within a district. In the case of Delhi, northeast Delhi was found to be facing much higher disruption compared to south Delhi.

Above excerpt taken from a media publication. This is an ongoing study.

Read more:
The Hindu Business Line



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Gender Equality Survey

The economic downturn caused by the current COVID-19 outbreak has substantial implications for gender equality, both during the downturn and the subsequent recovery. With the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), working population, men and women, across diverse sectors and organizational types have been asked to self-quarantine and/ or work from home.

In this context, it is valuable, necessary even, to understand the impact of the lock down on gender equality. To understand these issues better, we request your participation in the brief online survey below about the impact of the lock down. The survey will take approximately five minutes to complete.

Thank you very much in advance for your participation.

Survey Link: https://tinyurl.com/ybznptac