The Empty Office

Telework is one of the most important legacies of the pandemic. Following its massive use dictated by the stay-at-home policies imposed around the world, remote jobs are now more than four times pre-pandemic levels in many of the world’s major economies. Given this evolution of telework, many analysts predict that it will grow further and become increasingly important to our lives, generation after generation. How we will govern these new forms of work will depend on the answers that research will be able to provide to whether, for whom, and how telework affects people’s quality of life and well-being.

We study the relationship between telework and well-being using a mixed-methods approach. An international, interdisciplinary team will collect quantitative and qualitative data on teleworkers in Switzerland, Spain, Germany and the Netherlands, providing new insights into this field of study. The research spans economics, sociology, family studies and health psychology, which focuses on how social and psychological factors influence people’s quality of life.

Start date: 01/12/2023
Finish date: 30/11/2025
Funding: SNIS (Swiss Network for International Studies)
Reference: C23018
Project Coordinator: Mattia Vacchiano (University of Geneva); Co-coordinator: Eric Widmer (University of Geneva)
Principal investigator (Spanish team): Oscar Molina
Team: Sander Junte

Website:  Empty office


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