Studies Show Remote Work Could Be a Big Plus For Mental Mealth

But it could also obliterate any semblance of work-life balance



Remote work is either great or terrible for Americans' work-life balance and mental health, and maybe it's both things, surveys of the country's workers show.

Most recently, job search engine FlexJobs conducted a survey of 800 employees across the US to assess how workers are faring with their mental health amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The survey was conducted at the end of August and found that nearly half of respondents with flexible work options — 48% — reported their work-life balance is very good or excellent. Just 36% of workers without flexible work options said the same.

Roughly 54% of those respondents with flexible working conditions found that they had the emotional support necessary to manage the stress that accompanied the job, while just 45% of those without flexible working conditions reported the same.

Above all, the majority of workers were not interested in returning to an office post-pandemic. Roughly 66% of all respondents, or two-thirds of workers, said they would prefer to work remotely full-time following the pandemic. The other 33%, or one-third of respondents, said they would prefer a combination of working in an office and working from home. Less than 2% of respondents said they would prefer to be in an office full-time.

Separately, a pre-pandemic survey of 1,200 conducted by videoconferencing company Owl Labs found that 91% of respondents said remote work had improved their work-life balance, while 79% said it had increased their productivity and focus, and 78% said it had provided them with less stress.

An IBM study confirmed such findings. IBM conducted a survey of 18,000 people in May and June and over half of respondents — 61% — said they would prefer to continue working remotely following the pandemic.

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Source: Business Insider

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