WFH flexibility makes locked-down workers happier
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May 22, 2020
WFH flexibility makes locked-down workers happier

Despite reports that stress and anxiety are on the rise, research shows that workers are feeling happier and more relaxed than they were before stay-at-home orders were issued. As some companies return to the office, employers would do well to involve their staff in policy updates.

A study from the University of Zurich has found that workers in Switzerland and Germany are not pining for the office and are, in fact, happier than they were before. Workers are not only happier with their professional and private lives in 2020 than in 2019, but they also find both spheres of life more enriching. In addition, workers report they are better able to maintain their work-life balance as they have more autonomy, as well as finding it easier to unwind. “Increased flexibility and autonomy, in particular, appear to have a positive effect on the worker's well-being. This could also be something we can learn from for the future of work," says Dr. Rebecca Brauchli, study leader.