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What are the benefits of teleworking during a pandemic?

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Teleworking during the coronavirus pandemic exposes you to fewer germs. You also don’t have the stress of a commute. Less stress lowers your risk for:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Digestion issues
  • Headaches
  • Heart disease
  • Sleep problems
  • Weight gain
  • Memory and concentration issues

SOURCES:

 

American Journal of Health Promotion : "The Effects of Telecommuting Intensity on Employee Health."

American Psychological Association: "By the numbers: Our stressed-out nation."

Atmospheric Pollution Research : "The relationship between teleworking, traffic and air pollution."

CDC: "Coronavirus and Travel in the United States," "Social Distancing, Quarantine, and Isolation."

News release, Gartner, April 3, 2020.

Mayo Clinic: "Can chronic stress cause depression?" “Chronic stress puts your health at risk.”

New Technology, Work and Employment : "The psychological impact of teleworking: stress, emotions, and health."

SHRM: "Study: Teleworkers More Productive -- Even When Sick."

Social Forces : "Telecommuting and earnings trajectories among American women and men 1989 - 2008."

The Quarterly Journal of Economics : "Does working from home work? Evidence from a Chinese experiment."

Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour : "Am stressed, must travel: The relationship between mode choice and commuting stress."

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: "Table 6. Employed persons working at home, workplace, and time spent working at each location by full- and part-time status and sex, jobholding status, and educational attainment, 2018 annual averages."

WHO: "How air pollution is destroying our health."

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on April 15, 2020

SOURCES:

 

American Journal of Health Promotion : "The Effects of Telecommuting Intensity on Employee Health."

American Psychological Association: "By the numbers: Our stressed-out nation."

Atmospheric Pollution Research : "The relationship between teleworking, traffic and air pollution."

CDC: "Coronavirus and Travel in the United States," "Social Distancing, Quarantine, and Isolation."

News release, Gartner, April 3, 2020.

Mayo Clinic: "Can chronic stress cause depression?" “Chronic stress puts your health at risk.”

New Technology, Work and Employment : "The psychological impact of teleworking: stress, emotions, and health."

SHRM: "Study: Teleworkers More Productive -- Even When Sick."

Social Forces : "Telecommuting and earnings trajectories among American women and men 1989 - 2008."

The Quarterly Journal of Economics : "Does working from home work? Evidence from a Chinese experiment."

Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour : "Am stressed, must travel: The relationship between mode choice and commuting stress."

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: "Table 6. Employed persons working at home, workplace, and time spent working at each location by full- and part-time status and sex, jobholding status, and educational attainment, 2018 annual averages."

WHO: "How air pollution is destroying our health."

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on April 15, 2020

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