The pandemic allowed millions of Americans to try out remote work for the first time, to great success. 78% of remote employees want to continue working from home for the rest of their career. Despite the obvious benefits of remote work, it still has a few kinks to work out.
The first issue is task switching. Employees cycle through an average of 9 apps every day to do their work. Switching apps tanks productivity because each interruption (switching from a word processor to email manager, for example) takes 23 minutes to regain focus from. This adds up to a 40% productivity loss.
Another problem is Zoom fatigue. A majority of remote workers say they have more meetings now than they did when working in-person. Waiting for meetings to start costs 11 minutes per meeting and exhausts workers with constant camera exposure. Working from anywhere needs to include community and connection.