The Happiest Workers Are The Ones Who Can Work From Home

Research from the University of Illinois has shown that the work-family conflict is best resolved when parents or family members have the option of working off-site.

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Amit Kramer, Assistant Professor of the School of Labour and Employment Relations said even if you earn a lot, having a high work-family conflict can cause unhappiness.

He added working from home can be one of the best ways to satisfy the dilemma.

He said:

"If employees perceive work as a sacrifice they have to make, then the work environment itself is not ideal. In a time when the boundaries between work, life and family are so blurred with the increased use of technology that allows many employees to work everywhere, anytime, I think employers should consider offering flexible work arrangements to employees who can perform their work off-site and off-schedule."

"That type of a flexible policy that would allow all employees, not just those with families, to better balance work, family and life demands as they see fit."

He mentioned that the strains of family life can cause problems

Mr Kramer said:

"Young children demand more emergency-type flexibility, for example, leaving work on short notice to pick up a sick child from day care, or staying home with a sick child.
Older children require more ‘planned’ flexibility, for example, a week of college visits, while elder parents, like young children, need more short-notice, emergency-type flexibility."

A spokesperson from SurveyCompare said:

"We have known for a long time that working from home is the best option for people who want to earn money, but don’t want the hassle of a long commute to get into the office. Working from home is ideal for people with young families, who can use their time more flexibly around looking after their children.
These type of people, who are looking to earn some money at their own convenience, are the type who work for SurveyCompare."

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