41% of Brazilian SMEs' employees increased productivity during remote work, says survey

Capterra research points out that most Brazil's respondents want the remote modality to remain in force within a hybrid work model, divided between face-to-face and remote working

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  • 66% of employees interviewed prefer to work on the hybrid system once the COVID-19 pandemic is over;
  • The survey polled 994 employees in Brazil between January 13 and 18.

A study by the software search and comparison platform Capterra showed that 41% of workers in small and medium-sized companies in Brazil increased productivity during remote work, and 35% said that productivity remained the same as it was in person. The survey polled 994 employees between January 13 and 18.

“Flexibility to make your own schedule and not waste time commuting to the workplace was crucial to boosting the productivity of SME employees. With more quality of life, workers become more motivated and this can have an influence on their deliveries”, Marcela Gava, an analyst responsible for the study, said in a press release.

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On the other hand, 24% of the interviewees considered that their productivity was affected by the migration to remote work. Among the factors that most hurt the respondents was distraction at home (68%), difficulty being away from superior and teammates (38%), and obstacles to follow all activities (37%).

In Brazil, the cases of COVID-19 are still at high levels, but in the United States, with the advance of vaccination rapidly, contagions have slowed down, which has led companies to consider returning to face-to-face work. On Tuesday, JPMorgan, the largest U.S. bank, said it is planning to bring all of its U.S. staff back to office on a rotational basis from July, according to a memo from the bank’s operating committee that was viewed by Reuters.

The bank said that it would continue to maintain a 50% occupancy cap during the return-to-office phase, as per the current social distancing guidelines issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“With this timeframe in mind you should start making any needed arrangements to help with your successful return. Each line of business will work with their managers and location leaders to determine an appropriate schedule,” JPMorgan said in the memo sent to employees.

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The majority of employees prefer eligible hybrid work

According to Capterra, 66% of employees interviewed prefer to work on the hybrid system once the COVID-19 pandemic is over. Of the respondents, 27% prefer the split 50/50 (50% home and 50% workplace), and 24% of the respondents, on the other hand, believe that the system is 75% better at home and 25% at the workplace; while 15% choose the regime being 25% at home and 75% at the office.

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On the other hand, the survey identified that there are still those who prefer other work models since 22% of the employees interviewed consider it ideal to work only at the company’s headquarters. Only a minority (12%) advocate working entirely remotely, showing that for most Brazilians face-to-face contact is important for the development of their activities.

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