The global COVID-19 pandemic has thrown the world into upheaval, affecting nearly every aspect of life. As stay at home orders were announced in states across America, employees and employers were forced to explore telecommuting. And, as a potential second wave threatens to hit in late summer, remote work in some form will likely become part of the “new normal” for the foreseeable future.

However, the news isn’t all grim. Prodoscore, a California-based company, recently tracked a 47% increase in productivity, suggesting that employers who adopted the telecommuting process early may not be experiencing efficiency setbacks as feared. According to survey data compiled from 100 million data points across 30,000 users:

  • Telephone calls are up 230%
  • Activity on customer management systems is up 175%
  • Email is up 57%

In an interview with Forbes, Crisantos Hajibrahim, chief product officer at Prodoscore, noted,

“The common assumption is that remote workers are less productive than those who are in a traditional office. But our ability to capture, integrate, and analyze workplace data shows otherwise.”

As employers shift to a network, engineers can utilize a virtual private network (VPN) for access, where they can operate and collaborate in AutoCAD, SolidWorks, and with Excel files, allowing their connections to remain secure and encrypted. In fact, in the past five years, some mechanical and systems engineering firms have experimented with hiring remote employees to contribute during the drawing and modeling process. While being on-site may not only be an advantage but a necessity in certain steps of the process, you can still be just as, if not more, productive as the world navigates this “new normal.”

Here are seven tips to help you stay productive while working from home.

In this new world of telecommuting, it is positive news that productivity is rising. Advancements in engineering software and networking systems now allow you to do some or most of your work from home, which helps support flattening the curve of COVID-19. Use this time to experiment with new goal-setting processes, invest in yourself by exploring new equipment and apps, and reach out to others. In doing so, the “new normal” does not need to feel so abnormal.

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