Half of the Australian workers whose jobs could be done at home appear not to value the option. Another fifth value it very highly.
There are so many more ways to work flexibly now.
If public health bodies and policymakers put greater focus on improving the work environment, it could achieve major gains in population health and reduce health inequities.
The work environment is a social determinant of health. However, work has been underused as a lever to address health inequalities.
If an organisation mandates their workers return to the workplace – whether exclusively or in part – it needs to provide clear guidelines.
Loneliness increases the risk of chronic disease and mental health challenges.
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At least half of surveyed US adults experienced loneliness and social isolation.
Many office buildings have been left empty since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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With many employers switching to remote work, two engineering experts explain the feasibility of converting office buildings to residential spaces.
Remote work, which began as a temporary disruption to normal work, has become permanent for many workers since the onset of the pandemic.
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The biggest obstacle to getting everyone back into the workplace is the fact that people who are working from home seem to be doing better — or at least no worse — than those who are not.
Unless businesses deal with the root causes of employee burnout, they will struggle to retain their workforce.
Many Canadians are still feeling burned out at work. Companies can help by being more accommodating of their workers’ needs and addressing some of the root causes of burnout.
Members of the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) stand at a picket line outside Place du Portage in Gatineau, Que., on April 28, 2023.
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Will an increase in wages make federal government workers happier and more efficient while dealing with the public on taxation, public safety and a multitude of other daily and often frustrating issues?
Members of the Public Service Alliance of Canada picket outside a Service Canada office in Canmore, Alta., in April 2023. More than 150,000 federal public-service workers are on strike across the country after talks with the government failed. Remote work is a negotiation issue.
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COVID-19 transformed the workforce, including in the public sector. A complete reversal to pre-pandemic work models is unlikely, but there’s lots at stake as employers contemplate the future of work.
School holidays can trigger feelings of dread in working parents. But so-called COPE strategies can help individuals and organisations make the process easier on everyone.
As workers increasingly demand flexibility in their jobs, businesses need to move away from the current ad-hoc approach and establish clear protocols for work-life balance.
Commuting can create a ‘liminal space.’
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It turns out that there are some benefits to all the time we spend commuting.
The pandemic made many people more aware of the impossibility of severing work from life.
Two new studies highlight the importance of social connection in the workplace and illustrate why working from home may not be the optimal workplace arrangement.
Post-COVID, employees are looking for work-life flexibility, but this doesn’t just mean working from home. The new New Zealand workplace is still up for negotiation.
Thermal discomfort is just another reason employees may prefer to continue teleworking.
Employers can foster equity in the workplace by relaxing current dress codes or providing employees with individual thermostat control and other means to improve their comfort.
A permanent rise in telecommuting might spur more companies to relocate to city centers.
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Urban economics experts are creating simulated cities to forecast the effect that permanent telecommuting could have on city centers and housing.
The TV show ‘Severance’ has employees separate their work self from their home self completely.
The work-life balance is about more than shutting off devices or abstaining from emails and meetings after 6 p.m.
A better way?
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Performance reviews were always a challenge, but even more so in the age of hybrid work, when some employees are in the office more often than others.
How do businesses get employees back into the office when they want to work from home? Research shows the solution could be a blend between the office and home.