Telework and Wellbeing (05-29-20)

Song and Gao investigated how wellbeing is influenced by telework; their findings will interest people developing and managing workplaces.  Specifically, Song and Gao probed “how subjective well-being varies among wage/salary workers between working at home and working in the workplace. . . . We find that compared to working in the workplace, bringing work home on weekdays is associated with less happiness, and telework on weekdays or weekends/holidays is associated with more stress. The effect of working at home on subjective well-being also varies by parental status and gender. Parents, especially fathers, report a lower level of subjective well-being when working at home on weekdays but a higher level of subjective well-being when working at home on weekends/holidays. Non-parents’ subjective well-being does not vary much by where they work on weekdays, but on weekends/holidays childless males feel less painful whereas childless females feel more stressed when teleworking instead of working in the workplace.”

Younghwan Song and Jia Gao.  2019.  “Does Telework Stress Employees Out?  A Study on Working at Home and Subjective Well-Being for Wage/Salary Workers.”  Journal of Happiness Studies, https://doi.org/10.1007/s10902-019-00196-6