Are there really mental health benefits when working from home?

Are there really mental health benefits when working from home?

In the past year or so, many people in Singapore have been working from home. The situation surrounding the pandemic made it a necessity in order to prevent people catching and spreading the virus while at work.

Prior to the pandemic, there were polls conducted to find out what employees thought about remote working and flexible working hours. In one particular poll conducted in 2018, users self-reported improved mental health, and physical health improvements via exercise. There were also self-reported improvements in work-life balance. 65% of employees also felt they were more productive working from a home office.

The assumption may be that working from home has an overall positive benefit; but in more recent studies, it found that the benefits to mental health when working from home were complex.

These studies found that there were positive effects on well being such as improvements to feelings of gratefulness, enthusiasm, and happiness. However, employees could experience more conflict at home when work responsibilities impinge on family matters. This could cause stress and anxiety unless properly dealt with.

Employees also may have problems finding support from colleagues and the company when working from home, and this can cause a sense of loneliness and isolation. In fact, people seem to feel a mix of working from home and occasionally working from the office gives the most benefit, allowing them to have more work-life balance, while benefiting from the support of colleagues and having ready access to company resources.

The studies on working from home seem to suggest that your mental well-being and health is still something that you must work on individually. More balance between work and home life may help in some ways, and may cause more stress in other ways, but finding your inner balance and happiness is still something you have to put time and effort into.

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