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For Many, Working From Home Means Working Longer

By:
Chris Gaetano
Published Date:
Mar 23, 2020
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With rising numbers of people doing their jobs from home to avoid the coronavirus outbreak, Bloomberg said work hours have started to creep upwards all over the world. Data from network service provider NordVPN Teams indicates that people in the United States are working an average of three extra hours per day. Meanwhile, those in the United Kingdom, France, Spain and Canada have seen their own days expand by about two hours. This situation has been attributed, at least in part ,to people starting their workdays earlier.

These results are in line with previous research about the effects of remote work. Psychologists have found that telecommuting can erode the barrier between work and home life, as people lack the physical and psychological separation between these two domains that exists in a traditional office setting. This has meant that obligations tend to extend beyond the traditional workday, interrupting family time and preventing teleworkers from ever truly disconnecting. A poll last year of about 500 people found that remote employees work about 1.4 days more per month than those at the office; similar findings in 2013 by Gallup found that remote workers log in about four more hours per week than those who work at an office.