New Study: Fear Of Communication Reduces Remote Work Productivity

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According to a new analysis published by Loom, remote work communication applications have a mixed reputation, which might hinder the move to work from home opportunities.

Despite the fact that digital communication technologies like Slack have helped preserve productivity in a dramatically transformed work environment, 62 percent feel it is causing a drop in their mental health. With that out of the way, it’s vital to stress that these mental health difficulties are the result of misinterpretation, which is unavoidable when communicating primarily through text texts.

A staggering 91 percent of employees had their messages misinterpreted, revealing the unpredictability of these technologies. Furthermore, 20% of employees who thought their communication had been misconstrued indicated they had been reprimanded for it, with some even claiming they had lost their jobs as a result.

Most employees attempt to counteract this by overthinking their emails and other kinds of communication. While this helps to reduce misunderstanding, it also wastes a lot of time because everything has to be analysed and taken into consideration. This time mounts up, and worker productivity suffers as a result.

As a result, it may be time to devise a new method of personnel management. In a remote work environment, the ongoing requirement for middle and senior management to monitor everything an employee does is becoming redundant, and it is actually lowering productivity. Trying to handle remote employees as if they were still in the office is not a smart idea. So, there needs to be some change that helps maintain a healthy communication environment for remote workers.

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