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Why employers would be wise to let their employees work from home during the corona pandemic?

Published: 07th June 2021 Last updated: 07th June 2021

The daily newspaper contain full-page ads from the Dutch government: ‘Work from home. We are getting better and better at it’. This appeal to companies to allow their employees to work from home is necessary since there are still many businesses that force their workers to come to the office, even though they can do their work equally well from home. Given public health concerns this ban is obviously an ill-advised decision. But the employers concerned clearly put their business interests first. But is that wise?

A study by Thijs Brouwer, entitled ‘An Eye for a Tooth: The Effects of Employer Pressure on Worker Productivity’ throws light on this issue. He investigated how an employee reacts to undesirable behavior by an employer.

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