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International research during COVID-19 pandemic: working from home pays off!

Published: 15th July 2020 Last updated: 15th July 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic, resulting in a lockdown, meant that most employees were temporarily not welcome at their permanent workplace. Working from home appeared to be a major social experiment. Our colleague Marc van Veldhoven was involved as a researcher in an international study among 5000 respondents throughout Europe. The research showed that working from home pays off; it fits in with the social preferences of employees, it is perceived as more efficient and employees are happy with more job control. However, according to this research, it also appeared that some respondents believe that long-term virtual working leads to the following disadvantages: the work is considered as less meaningful and employees often do not seem to have sufficient resources to correctly complete all tasks from home. In fact, according to the research report, the advantages will strongly outweigh the disadvantages; after all, the disadvantages can be easily solved with suitable workplaces and the right tools. Moreover, it has emerged that everyone experiences the current situation differently, which means that there is no universal approach. For more information about this research, click here for the research report (in Dutch).

Marc van Veldhoven also recently contributed to an article in the magazine "Binnenlands Bestuur", in which an underexposed aspect of working from home is highlighted: the impact of monitor work on both the mental and physical health of employees. Click here to read the full article (in Dutch) on the website of "Binnenlands Bestuur".