Remote employees procrastinate more
The competing evidence suggests that there are underlying factors at play in whether remote workers procrastinate more or concentrate better when working from home. These could be personal factors, such as personality or time management. Or they could be more situational factors such as having to work from home in a pandemic, having caring responsibilities at home when working remotely, lack of training for working remotely - or even all three factors combined. Therefore, more research is required into the conditions under which remote work employees may be more or less inclined to procrastinate.
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Recent professional research on remote working during the COVID-19 pandemic found that employees were lacking focus and productivity as a result of an increase in distractions when working from home11. Another professional study found that 57% of 2,000 US respondents reported “staying focused” as a top challenge of working from home during the pandemic3. Similarly, academic research found that those who had a lower workload had more opportunities to procrastinate1.
On the other hand, early research on working from home found that employees were able to concentrate better at home17. Another study conducted during the pandemic found that higher workload and more social support at work led to lower procrastination1.