Professor Scott Schieman wrote an article in The Toronto Star, with University of Toronto undergraduate student Ryu Won Kang. The article The distracted worker is the greatest perceived threat to employers despite all the benefits of working from home looks at employers’ concerns of increased distractions experienced by employees while working from home. To some employers, this concern can outweigh the perceived benefits of at home work including increased productivity, improved quality of work, and elevated satisfaction. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many employees continuing to work from home and the debate continues on what may change the workplace my face in a post-pandemic world.
Professor Schieman is the Canada Research Chair in the Social Contexts of Health, a Full Professor of Sociology at the University of Toronto, and Chair of the Department of Sociology, St. George Campus. His research focuses on work/stratification, the work-family interface, stress, and health.
We have posted an except of the story below. The full story is available on the Toronto Star website here.