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Married couples are happier working from home

New research is examining the effects of teleworking

Surveys have shown that working from home has made some workers happier and more productive

Surveys have shown that working from home has made some workers happier and more productive

Original article published by Horizon: The EU Research & Innovation Magazine

Working from home at least once a week makes married employees happier and more satisfied with their job, new research has revealed.

As part of a wider project examining the effects of teleworking on the environment and labour market, Dr. Eleftherios Giovanis, Senior Lecturer in Economics at Manchester Metropolitan, analysed government-funded surveys in the UK dating back to 1991.

The surveys showed that working from home has made some workers happier and more productive.

Explaining the results of his research, Dr. Giovanis said: “Since the turn of the century, teleworking has been helping to reduce social inequalities by rebalancing domestic duties in the UK.

“When men work from home, they tend to help more around the house. This increases the value that women place on their own wellbeing and frees them to work more themselves.”

Teleworking is the term used to define a work arrangement with employees who do not commute or travel to a central place of work and use technology to work from home or elsewhere.

The research shows that working from home once a week makes married employees in the UK, particularly those with high skills, disabilities or online jobs, more satisfied in their work and likely to stay with an employer for a longer period.

Dr. Giovanis added: “While the data shows no direct signs of teleworking improving job satisfaction, there were common trends in the happiness of married employees.

“These insights can be useful for companies to consider when trying to boost the participation of women in their workforce and when analysing the benefits of flexible working.”

The teleworking project is part of Manchester Metropolitan Business School’s wide range of research expertise, which brings together staff, students and real world partners to make sense of the key challenges facing contemporary business.

Find out more about research at Manchester Metropolitan Business School at www.mmu.ac.uk/business-school/research

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