Working from home: productivity, job satisfaction and careers progression
The Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) echoes the results of the survey conducted through leading US and European economists about the potential impact of working from home on productivity, job satisfaction and professional careers over the long term. The analysis of these aspects will be relevant to determine if working from home will continue after the pandemic.
The main findings of the survey are as follows:
- There is not enough evidence yet on the long-run consequences on trust, collaboration and coordination in organizations.
- Productivity gains will depend on the nature of job. For example, for knowledge workers productivity over the long term could be higher while for creative jobs social interaction is key so unclear if 40% at home will be better.
- Women will likely make more use of this working from home option, and therefore women may end up being less visible in the workplace.
- Traditional gender roles in childcare persist, which can lead to gender differences as working from-home likely means child-care-during-work for many people, particularly women.