Due to the pandemic crisis caused by COVID-19, people started performing their professional tasks remotely. This transition from the off-line and face-to-face work to online and remote work did not happen without pain, anxiety and some frustration as there was a need for accelerated learning and the frontiers between private and professional life were blurred. In this paper, we report on the preliminary findings of a survey-based research aimed at evaluating the main impacts and challenges faced by professionals in this transition process, in Portugal. Results show that respondents believe they work more, they feel more motivated, have better control over time, easily create methods and pace of work, and have more focus on tasks. Savings on fuel are offset by increased expenses in electricity, water, and food. Increased work-life balance but not increased leisure time are recognised. The most negative impact is social/professional seclusion, despite recognising fewer professional conflicts.
Mesquita, Anabela; Oliveira, Adriana; Oliveira, Luciana; and Sequeira, Arminda, "Are we ready for remote work? Preliminary results from Portugal" (2020). CAPSI 2020 Proceedings. 22.