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Professional Development, Good Memories, and Friends | Monthly Poll

By SRAI News posted 08-13-2020 08:58 AM


Professional Development, Good Memories, and Friends | Monthly Poll

Last month we asked you a couple of questions about your thoughts on working from home (WFH) and your overall productivity under these extended WFH conditions. Here’s a look at your responses:

Almost 60% of respondents are still sold on the working from home format. And the responses in that orange “Other” category expressed a desire to have a more even mix of working from home and working from the office. Before the pandemic forced us all out of the office and into our hastily prepared home offices, 37% of us preferred working from the office. This pandemic has dropped that down to just over 22%. And what better case of more WFH time can we make than saying, “But hey, I’m more productive from home!”? As seen below in the response to our second question...

A whopping 62.9% of us are feeling more productive working from home and no one responded that they were feeling less that because no one wants to admit it...possible, but I chose to think that it means we are all making the best of this crazy situation and finding new ways to be as productive as we can be. For this question, the “Other” responses noted that working from home requires more work to complete certain tasks and that meetings were feeling less productive. 

I can tell by the future question suggestions in July that many of us are thinking about how we connect with our colleagues and when we’ll be able to travel again to connect in the ways that we did before this pandemic. I know that personally, I’m missing the spontaneous kitchen/coffee conversations that I didn’t realize accomplished so much work until these communications were replaced by ten emails. This month we’re thinking about these connections as well and want to hear your thoughts about the upcoming iSRA 2020 Virtual Annual Meeting.


Check back next month for a tally of responses and our next poll question. Please submit poll question ideas to

Authored by Heather Brown, Grants and Contracts Manager 
Seattle Institute for Biomedical and Clinical Research