Working from home can make us healthier and happier. Employers benefit too. Here’s the evidence if you need any convincing

Fri, 5 Apr 2024 19:20:52 +1100

Andrew Pam <xanni [at]>

Andrew Pam

"Some of us used to imagine a world where the morning commute was a short
stroll from your bedroom, the dress code included comfy slippers, and the
closest coffee shop was your kitchen. Then working from home became a reality
for many during the COVID pandemic, reshaping our work-life balance.

During the early days of the pandemic in 2020, our team was partway through a
year-long study examining lifestyle and wellbeing in Australian adults. Our
findings, captured during the early COVID period, revealed that people working
from home slept nearly half an hour more and drank slightly more alcohol.
Dietary habits and mental health indicators were unchanged.

Fast forward to today. Many employees still work from home and many more want
to. The Fair Work Commission is reviewing whether it needs to create basic
rights for flexibility, allowing people to work from home.

While some of the health evidence about working from home is mixed, overall it
shows giving workers the flexibility to choose to work from home can be good
for their physical and mental health."

       *** Xanni ***
--               Andrew Pam                 Chief Scientist, Xanadu            Partner, Glass Wings               Manager, Serious Cybernetics

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