Professor Scott Schieman recently wrote an article The hidden ways working from home is affecting our health in the Toronto Star. In the article, Professor Schieman looks at how COVID-19 is changing the way workers view flexible time arrangements at work. While his research with PhD student Philip Badawy in September 2019 showed both workers and employers viewed unstructured work favourably for different reasons – workers for the ability to choose when and from where they could do work, employees for a sign employees were dedicated to their jobs outside of paid work hours – the new impact of COVID-19 on how we do work may be changing these perceptions. Revisiting this research in March of this year to see how the implementation of flexible stay-at-home working conditions may have changed this, they found that the appeal of flexible working hours has diminished for many workers, likely because workers now have less control over the decision to work from home. Professor Schieman speculates this shift may impact how employers and employees alike approach work-from-home arrangements.
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 included an excerpt of the article below. Read the full article here.
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