“White collars” on self-reported well-being, health and work performance when teleworking from home


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In the wake of the pandemic, telework became relevant to more employees than before. Researchers suggest both positive and negative impact of telework on employees. The study examines office workers’ self-reports on the impact of teleworking on their subjective well-being, health, and productivity. Data (N = 475) were collected from teleworkers in Lithuania during the COVID-19 pandemic. Findings indicate that teleworking during the pandemic had a negative impact on the well-being (in work-life balance aspect) and health (mostly in terms of mental exhaustion) of office workers, while work performance suffered relatively less. Also, this study revealed three original observations. First, well-being evaluations of teleworkers were found to be most correlated with close relationships and age. Second, teleworkers who live with their parents have the most positive evaluations of teleworking in all three areas: well-being, health, and productivity. And third, the overlap between family and work when working from home increases the likelihood that women and young workers will be less concerned about healthy living habits. This study contributes to a better understanding of the factors teleworkers face when working at home and can help companies improve their hybrid working strategies.

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    • Table 1. Internal consistency of the survey questionnaire
    • Table 2. Characteristics of survey respondents
    • Table 3. Telework influence on respondents’ subjective well-being. The evaluation of teleworking between men and women
    • Table 4. Correlation between work-life balance impact on subjective quality of life with respondents’ age and having children
    • Table 5. The role of living arrangement in work-life balance
    • Table 6. Impact of teleworking on subjective health. The evaluation of teleworking among genders
    • Table 7. Impact of teleworking on health (age of respondents and having children)
    • Table 8. Work-life balance impact on health depending on respondents’ living arrangement
    • Table 9. Teleworking impact on work performance (by age and having children)
    • Table 10. Impact of teleworking on working capacity (by gender)
    • Table 11. Impact of teleworking on work performance (by living arrangement)
    • Conceptualization
      Agota Giedrė Raišienė
    • Investigation
      Agota Giedrė Raišienė, Violeta Rapuano, Greta Masilionytė, Simonas Juozapas Raišys
    • Project administration
      Agota Giedrė Raišienė, Simonas Juozapas Raišys
    • Resources
      Agota Giedrė Raišienė, Violeta Rapuano, Greta Masilionytė, Simonas Juozapas Raišys
    • Supervision
      Agota Giedrė Raišienė
    • Writing – original draft
      Agota Giedrė Raišienė, Violeta Rapuano, Greta Masilionytė, Simonas Juozapas Raišys
    • Writing – review & editing
      Agota Giedrė Raišienė
    • Formal Analysis
      Violeta Rapuano
    • Methodology
      Violeta Rapuano
    • Validation
      Violeta Rapuano
    • Data curation
      Greta Masilionytė
    • Visualization
      Simonas Juozapas Raišys