You weren't imagining it, your days really did get longer.

If work added extra hours, on top of everything else, its no wonder you needed more Punch'd. No wonder our business went crazy in 2020. We felt exactly the same way over here - but the good news? Productivity was up >200% !

Why? Because we eliminated the commute, the lines at the coffee shop, the down time. We are able to be on all the time and that's a good thing. Of course we still need down time, personal time, but those moments are much easier to carve out now too.

Great article reposted in the South Florida Business Journal by Allison Levitsky  –  Tech Industry Reporter, Silicon Valley Business Journal.

She says that by January 2021, the typical professional was working almost 80 more minutes a day than they did a year before, according to a new study from Prodoscore Inc., which offers software that tracks workers' productivity. The increased work time had a big benefit for companies — over the same period, workers' productivity jumped nearly 200%. 

“This research and analysis underscores why business leaders need to prepare to embrace flexibility in the workplace,” Hajibrahim said.

In January 2020, the typical white-collar workday started at 8:24 a.m. and ended at 5:31 p.m., according to Prodoscore's data. A year later, that day was more likely to last from 7:46 a.m. to 6:12 p.m., Prodoscore found.

The company gleaned its data by scrutinizing 7,000 employee records, looking in particular at workers' use of cloud-based applications, such as those included in Microsoft and Google's productivity suites.

What are employees doing during that now 10-hour workday? 

More than two hours of it they spend in meetings, Prodoscore found. That adds up to 24 full days worth of meetings per year.

While that sounds like a lot, it's actually less than the typical employee spent in meetings in 2019. Then, the average professional spent more than three hours a day in the conference room.

Perhaps in part due to that drop in meeting time, professional employees were more productive in each month of 2020 than they were in the year-prior month, Prodoscore found. The biggest productivity jump actually took place in March 2020 — the same month that widespread coronavirus lockdowns began in the U.S. That month, white-collar workers were 207.6% more productive than they had been in March 2019.

Some months saw a much smaller increase in productivity year-over-year. Employees were only 4.7% more productive in November 2020 than they were in the same month in 2019. But the typical Thanksgiving slowdown may have limited the gains that month, Prodoscore said.

Now we know definitively that we're more productive in this new post-Covid World. That's a good thing. Power up and keep it going - Get Your Edge. Get Punch'd!