Remote work leads to more stress
The evidence for this statement is two-sided. On the one hand, more days remote working can lead to more stress and exhaustion. On the other hand, it can lead to less stress associated with not having to travel into work and allowing workers to manage their own time as they see fit.
We are still looking for more scientific and professional evidence on this. Do you know any studies on this topic? We’d love it if you could share them with us!
Generally, more days spent remote working was associated with increases in emotional exhaustion and cognitive stress in academic research20.
Other academic research found that remote working actually led to less stress due to fewer demands associated with being at the office and commuting74, and by increasing job autonomy which led to perceptions of lower invasion of privacy75. More concretely, a professional study conducted in 2020 found that of 2,000 US respondents, 72% stated that the ability to work remotely would make them less stressed, while 77% claimed it would help them manage their work-life balance better3.