Asia is notorious for its workaholic culture, and our current remote working situation hasn't changed that. For most of us, our office is a few steps away from our bed, but we’re also likely working longer hours. Are we necessarily more productive now—and do we have to be? Let’s take a Deep Dive.
🛋️ The coronavirus pandemic has caused an unprecedented work-from-home situation worldwide. It may sound like something we’ve always wanted—being able to plop down on our couch within seconds after a stressful day—but not everyone is rejoicing.
👨💻 The truth is, if you found it difficult to stick to the 9-to-5 workday before, it’s probably worse now. With the blurring of lines between the office and the home, some of us are finding it tough to disconnect from work completely. Holding meetings during lunchtime, checking emails in bed and taking late-night work calls are fast becoming the norm.
🧠 Some experts are also saying that we may be unconsciously pressuring ourselves—and others around us—to do more during this time. Whether it’s because we’re grateful to still have a job or ensuring we make full use of the time that had been previously spent on commuting, this can bring more harm than we might expect, especially to our mental health.
“It’s tough enough to be productive at the best of times, let alone when we’re in a global crisis. The idea that we have so much time available during the day now is fantastic, but these days it’s the opposite of a luxury. We’re home because we have to be home, and we have much less attention because we’re living through so much.”
1,000% In March 2020, Microsoft reported that the number of video calls made on its Teams platform grew by more than 1,000 percent.
49% In Singapore, only 49 percent of workers say they have the flexibility in their work-from-home schedule to care for family members, if needed.
Professionals working from home are starting to feel burnt out, due in part to longer working hours. According to a recent survey, what percentage of people are experiencing this?
A. 50 percent
B. 60 percent
C. 70 percent
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The New Normal
We’ve been had—working from home isn’t as relaxing as we'd hoped, especially not during a pandemic. This widely shared video from Apple depicts the reality of WFH life
The pandemic is making companies rethink the way they organise their work and what measures they need to put in place to ensure workforce productivity and well-being.
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The Man Behind Zoom Eric Yuan
If there's one tool that's helped the world stay productive and connected, it's Zoom. CEO Eric Yuan founded the company in 2011 and launched the video conferencing platform in 2013. When the usage of Zoom spiked at the beginning of the year due to the coronavirus outbreak, Yuan made almost US$4 billion in just three months.
The Efficient Slacker
Like many digital communication platforms, Slack experienced rapid growth in its user base during the pandemic. Between February and March this year, the workplace communication platform’s co-founder and CEO Stewart Butterfield saw at least 9,000 new paid customers globally, an increase of 80 percent compared to the previous two quarters.
Two Honourees To Know
Leong Chee Tung
In April, Leong Chee Tung’s start-up EngageRocket, an employee engagement solution provider, partnered with The Institute for HR Professionals and Singapore HR Institute to launch a productivity tool for remote working. The digital platform helps employees stay engaged and productive while allowing them to share their thoughts and concerns anonymously. READ MORE
Korawad Chearavanont is the founder of Eko, a communications and operations platform that helps companies improve their staff engagement and work more efficiently. To date, Eko has helped businesses to improve their productivity by 33 percent and reduced turnover rates by 59 percent. READ MORE
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The Deep Dive is a weekly close-up look at an idea, issue or trend that’s shaping Asia’s future. This issue was written by Chong Seow Wei, with editing and production by Samantha Topp and Lee Williamson.