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Nitro Survey Shows that Insufficient Document Productivity Tools are a Major Source of Stress in the Remote Work Era

A recent survey by Nitro Software​,​ which included responses from more than 1,600 full- and part-time knowledge workers around the globe, showed that a vast majority of workers (over 90 percent) feel stressed while working from home (WFH). In fact, the survey revealed that 41 percent say they feel either extremely or very stressed.

Eighty-three percent said the way their company handles documents has not improved significantly during COVID-19, which is problematic given63 percent work with more than six documents a day.
Respondents confirmed that with better document productivity technology, their job would be easier (51%) and save them time (55%) - two factors that would go a long way in cutting job-related stress in an already stressful environment.

"Not surprisingly, the current pandemic has seen stress levels elevate across the board," explains Gina O'Reilly, COO of Nitro. "While many people are having to contend with financial worries and concerns over job security, factors such as trying to stay healthy, attempting to care for children and others while juggling work deliverables, and maintaining some form of social contact with friends and family can account for much of the day-to-day anxiety triggers. Each of these factors, in turn, makes working from home during this time that much more stressful. For that reason, even the slightest disruption to completing a task - slow internet connection, lack of access to tools to perform simple tasks like opening a PDF or signing a document - can cause unnecessary frustration and more stress."

The research also revealed that close to three-quarters of workers plan to work from home as much or more frequently after the pandemic. However, three in 10 companies don't support full-time WFH policies - a situation that is bound to further contribute to the high stress levels felt by employees during the pandemic.

"It's important to put your people first and figure out how to help alleviate major stressors when and where we can on the work front," says O'Reilly. "In addition to offering more resources and programs centered around promoting overall fitness and wellbeing, we've announced a ‘Flexible Forever' hybrid approach to working in a post-pandemic world, where our teams will have the flexibility to continue to work remotely and optimize their work environment for their own personal situations, while we provide opportunities for in-person time and collaboration as required and where it makes most sense."

To learn more about the impact of the pandemic on workers, download the full report here.

Published Thursday, February 25, 2021 8:35 AM by David Marshall
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