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Telecommuting with Improving Mental Well Being May Disrupt Work-Life Integrity

Telecommuting with Improving Mental Well Being May Also Disrupt Work-Life Integrity
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Learning and using telecommuting has become a necessity to pass through the pandemic. Remote work, where for some, has proven to be a plus point for stress relief, rest have taken it to disrupt their work-life balance.

Despite the fact that it has blurred the line between the personal and professional lives of many, several companies are using telecommuting as now a business strategy.

FlexJobs Telecommuting Survey Analysis

FlexJobs, a famous job-searching platform, had a survey of 800 US employees during the pandemic at August-end. The sole purpose of the survey was to analyze the effects of telecommuting on mental health.

The analysis revealed half of the workers that is 48% to be satisfied and relaxed with their work-life balance. These customers were not bound to any work timings. Only a small number (36%) were happy with maintaining their work-life integrity under strict working timings.

Interestingly, 54% of the workers who worked under flex time needed some emotional support to manage stress. However, only 45% who worked under traditional arrangements had the same stance.

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What made the analysts shocked was to see the reaction of people on returning to offices after the pandemic. Two-third or 66% of the employees preferred telecommuting than working in the office full time.

Rest, one-third of the workers opted for both telecommuting and the traditional way of working in offices side by side. Only a negligible percentage (2%) wanted to join and invest all their working hours at the office.

Owl Labs Survey and IBM Study Share Similar Telecommuting Results

Before the COIVD-19 virus spread out throughout the world, Owl Labs had a 1200 workers survey to study about their thoughts on telecommuting. Owl Labs has its base in videoconferencing technology.

As per the results, 91% found it super satisfying to maintain work-life integrity. Whereas 79% of the respondents emphasized how telecommuting has enabled them to work harder and bring more high-yielding results. 78% called telecommuting better than office-based working in terms of stress.

A study conducted by IBM shared common results with the Owl Labs survey. IBM, surveying 18,000 workers, found that over half of them (61%) to stick to telecommuting the rest of the pandemic. The survey was done in the months of May and June when the pandemic was on its peak.

Microsoft and Other Popular Firms Stance during the Pandemic

After keeping track of its own workers’ performance, Microsoft noted that its 350 employees were more eager to work through telecommuting. They were working 10% more, investing additional time in every weekly meeting. They not only saw improvement in the meetings but in all over performance too.

Microsoft found the team to be more active and productive during lunch breaks and late nights. The reports show a steady increase of 52% in the rate of instant messaging for six hours till midnight following the pandemic.

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There are several other researches, which supports the use of telecommuting during the pandemic. The Business Facilities study pointed out that the telecommuting made the US had an exceptional increase in working hours by 40% in March. They saw an additional three hours working every day.

However, another study by Eagle Hill highlighted how telecommuting has proved difficult for many workers. Approximately 45% of the employees in April reported being exhausted from the workload. The remaining 35% ratio built an optimistic approach, taking it as a new way to learn balancing work-life integrity.

The Bottom Line

Strangely, many people are now willing to work through telecommuting rather than again going for old ways and piling layers of stress, even if it means disrupting the work-life integrity. If this technique continues longer, it may become a basic requirement for every company.

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Adeena Tariq Lari

The author is a graduate of dental surgery from the Dow University Health Sciences, Karachi. She has an academic background in content writing as well as English literature, giving her an edge in the field. Adeena is always curious about physical and mental health. She is always passionate about research and delivering high-quality reliable content to users.

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