What do we know about working from home?
Under COVID-19 restrictions, many people find themselves suddenly working from home. In this research tidbit, we cover some research into the effects of working from home.
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Working from home, gender and family life
Working from home has become engraved in modern working life. Although advocated as a solution to combine work with family life, surprisingly little empirical evidence supports that it decreases work–family conflict. In this paper the authors examine the role of a supportive organisational context in making working from home facilitate the combination of work and family.
Specifically, the authors address to what extent perceptions of managerial support, ideal worker culture, as well as the number of colleagues working from home influence how working from home relates to work–family conflict. By providing insight in the role of the organisational context, the authors move beyond existing research in its individualistic focus on the experience of the work–family interface.
The authors explicitly address gender differences since women experience more work–family conflict than men. The authors use a unique, multilevel organisational survey, the European Sustainable Workforce Survey conducted in 259 organisations, 869 teams and 11,011 employees in nine countries (Bulgaria, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom).
Results show that an ideal worker culture amplifies the increase in work family conflict due to working from home, but equally for men and women. On the other hand, women are more sensitive to the proportion of colleagues working from home, and the more colleagues are working from home the less conflict they experience.