Remote workers are taking a cue from college students. Instead of working 9 to 5, they spread the work over the off hours. That means late afternoons, for example, are fair game for doing something fun. If you plan to work later that night, after all, why not?
One beneficiary of the shift to remote work, it appears, are golf courses. According to Stanford researchers, working from home “provided a significant improvement in golf.”
The researchers, Nick Bloom and Alex Finan, studied data from the company Inrix for 3,400-plus golf courses and shared their findings with a new one. research paper entitled “How Working from Home Boosts Golf.”
Comparing Wednesday in 2022 to the same day in 2019, they found a 143% increase in golfers playing more golf that day, and a 278% jump in their play that day in the mid-afternoon.
The most likely explanation, they wrote, is that “employees golf as breaks while working from home.”
But that doesn’t mean productivity is taking a hit, they say. “If employees work late, “it doesn’t reduce productivity. In fact, national productivity during / post pandemic is strong. “
And, they know, the shift will also help golf courses: “Golf courses are increasingly used by spreading play throughout the day and week, avoiding weekends and pre/post work peak-loading. This will increase ‘golf productivity’—the number of golf courses played (and increase revenue) per course.”
However, Bloom noticed a tweet on March 11, complete remote work-from-home “is declining. Some jobs will be hybrid as bosses drag employees back 2 or 3 days a week.
as luck reported in January, several CEOs, including at Disney and Starbucksasked for that the workers started returning to the office.
Eventually, Bloom estimates, hybrid work-from-home arrangements will make up 50% of jobs, fully in-person 40%, and fully remote 10%.
As a result of the transfer, he said, the economy was “distorted” in some ways. He noticed in a tweet on Thursday: “The use of office, public transport and the sale of the city center is reduced to Tuesday-Thursday, which creates problems of peak-load. Entertainment, sports and suburban shopping spread throughout the week, easing their pre-pandemic Sat-Sun peak-loading.
Not all bosses are against the idea of telecommuting employees taking some leisure time during work hours.
Stephanie Cunningham, a 27-year-old marketer, SPOKE THE New York Times, that her employer would support her signing in early or later in the day to free up work time for other things, such as getting her hair done or going for a run: “My employer allows me to take and time for myself. As long as I finish my work.”
Shark Tank investor Kevin O’Leary recently told CNN that managers need to change their strategy because of the shift to remote work, as a “new generation” of employees never worked in an office.
He said 44% of employees across his business portfolio were working remotely but it “didn’t change anything” in terms of productivity.
“You say to someone, ‘Look, you have to do this next Friday at noon.’ You really don’t care if they do it…as long as it gets done. ”