London, Europe Brief News – Remote work has become more and more popular in recent years.
The main reasons for this are the flexibility it offers employees and the decrease in office space requirements.
While there are a few downsides to remote work, such as decreased productivity, these costs can often be offset by the benefits of reduced employee stress and increased morale.
Remote work has been heralded as a solution to some of the problems of our fast-paced, pre-pandemic lifestyles.
For many, it’s meant the opportunity to spend more time with their children, or use time that they would have previously wasted commuting pursuing more fulfilling hobbies.
But new research into remote work and wellbeing has shown mixed results – in Microsoft’s 2022 New Future of Job Report, researchers found that although remote job can improve job satisfaction, it can also lead to employees feeling “socially isolated, guilty and trying to overcompensate”.
The negative effects have come as a surprise for some employees, who are now feeling the crush, realising remote work isn’t necessarily the wellness panacea it has been touted as.
Contrary to the running narrative of a mass demand for remote job, some employees are actually choosing to switch into roles with an in-office component.
But for many, these downsides are well worth it. For demographics who struggled with an office-based working life pre-pandemic, the problems that working from home bring are a small price to pay.