Workers find that WFH is beneficial to well-being and productivity

The ideal amount of teleworking is two to three days a week, a split that is optimal for balancing the benefits and costs of teleworking.

Workers and managers find working from home positive for performance and well-being during the pandemic, according to an OECD report that surveyed workers in 25 countries.

A separate study by OECD researchers of job postings on jobs site Indeed also found that the increase in advertised remote jobs during the pandemic lockdowns was only slightly reversed when restrictions were eased, reports reported Bloomberg.

Respondents believe the ideal amount of teleworking is two to three days a week, a distribution they believe is optimal to balance benefits — like fewer commutes and fewer home distractions — with costs like impaired communication and random interactions with to reconcile their colleagues.

“These results suggest that telework is here to stay, particularly in countries with high levels of digital readiness,” the researchers said.

They added that governments should ensure reliable internet coverage, enact regulations to allow teleworking and provide training for workers at risk of being left behind in a teleworking group. This includes women and workers in smaller companies.

Workers should also be protected from working from home too much, which could potentially affect productivity and well-being, they added.

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