By economics reporter Sydney Ember.

How productive was your day?

It’s a complicated question, especially for some remote workers over the past year and a half.

Part of the problem is the definition of productivity. As a macroeconomic measure, it means the total output per hour of work. That is, the number of, say, frying pans a worker can make in an hour. The data is reported on a quarterly basis by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and economists use it to determine a society’s efficiency and whether its . . .

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