Is Remote Work Working?
At insurance company Aflac, CFO Max Broden says productivity went up initially. “Not having to commute meant people gained some time,” he explains. “We also probably have more water cooler talk in the office than is sometimes necessary from a productivity standpoint, and that went away.”
Thunderbird Entertainment, meanwhile, helped employees maintain productivity by investing about $280,000 in a software program that allows animators to do their work remotely with the secure protocols that clients require. “If they don’t have the tools they need to work efficiently, productivity goes down, schedules get stressed, projects cost more money, and financial performance decreases,” Harwood says.