Working from home might not be as good for your health as you might think

Business Insider | 1/20/2019 | The Conversation
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Working from home has obvious perks: juggling kids' schedules, no traffic, and employers gain increased productivity, and lower turnover rates.

But there are less obvious downsides, including isolation and loneliness.

Research - Home - Team - Cohesion - Innovation

Research also shows working from home is far worse for team cohesion and innovation than working in the office.

Another study of home workers from 15 countries found 42% of remote workers had trouble sleeping, compared to only 29% who always worked in the office.

Studies - Office - Career - Family - Life

Other studies suggest not being in the office regularly can hinder your career, interfere with family life, and increase working time.

What if you never had to return to work? Never had to return to work at the office, that is.

Kids - School - Holidays - Traffic - Jams

You'd be able to juggle kids on school holidays. You wouldn't need to navigate traffic jams. Your employer might gain increased productivity, lower turnover and lower lease costs. But there are less obvious downsides.

In 2010, as part of building a case for the national broadband network, the Gillard government set a target for teleworking, suggesting the Australian economy could save between A$1.4 billion and A$1.9 billion a year if 10% of the workforce teleworked half the time.

Successors - Idea - Web - Address - Wwwtelework

Her successors have cooled on the idea. The web address www.telework.gov.au no longer works and reliable statistics for telework don't exist.

Yet it's attractive.

Studies - Home - Cuts - Times - Fatigue

Studies find working from home cuts commuting times and associated fatigue, transport congestion, and environmental impacts. Worldwide, an increasing number of employers are allowing it in order to attract and retain staff.

Employees value it as a way to maintain a work-life balance, in particular millennials.

Office - Nightmare - Tide - Research - Employees

And the office has become a nightmare for some. A tide of research finds many employees working in modern open-plan offices are so distracted by noise and interruptions they can't concentrate.

In my research on the workplace, employees frequently tell me they have to work from home to get...
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