Opinion

Working from home may not be good for you

Synopsis: 
Read Oxen Park's perspective on the research suggesting working from home has negative consequences.

A report from the UN's International Labour Organisation (ILO) suggests working remotely can cause insomnia and increased stress levels. The study, titled Working anytime, anywhere: The effects on the world of work, examined the working habits of people from the UK, Belgium, France, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Argentina, Brazil, India, Japan and the US. It identified three discrete groups of workers: those who work from home regularly, "highly mobile" employees who work in various locations away from the office and those who divide their time between the office and home. All three groups were found to be more prone to negative health and wellbeing consequences than employees who either always or regularly worked in an office. "This report shows that the use of modern communication technologies facilitates a better overall work-life balance but, at the same time, also blurs the boundaries between work and personal life, depending on the place of work and the characteristics of different occupations," said the ILO's Jon Messenger, who co-authored the report. 

Source: The Irish Independent

Geoff at Oxen Park says – this definitely supports our strong preference to encourage more collaborative working in HR teams. Physically being with people is a basic human social need and working collectively AND collaboratively is good for all concerned. The old truism – a problem shared etc is definitely an old time reminder of the value of team work.