Being “at work” doesn’t mean what it used to. Prior to the pandemic, workers commuted to the office, finished up their day and left their work-related responsibilities at the office.
However, as more and more professionals transition to remote working arrangements and have easy access to all of their emails and documents through smartphones, the line between home and work has become increasingly blurred.
Research shows that this mode of operating isn’t sustainable and leads to high levels of burnout. This means that business leaders need to address this problem, and make company-wide arrangements that better support workers from all levels.
One of the best strategies in finding a resolution for long work hours is adopting “team overlap,” which means finding which work hours coincide across different employees.
Harvard Business Review studied the patterns and outcomes of team overlap with a study featuring 187 workers from six Fortune 500 companies that started working remotely last year.
According to the findings, the digital work day never truly ends. In fact, individual team members were, on average, available for work over 8 hours each day. Availability was broadly defined as being on an actual work computer for over 30 minutes in an hour.
However, 41% of business processes were found to positively correlate with team overlap, meaning workers were more productive when having a colleague around to provide input.