Working from Home: Experiences of Home-Working, Health Behavior and Well-Being during the 2020 UK COVID-19 Lockdown

Samuel Keightley, Myanna Duncan, Benjamin Gardner*

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Abstract

Objective The Spring 2020 UK COVID-19 lockdown required normally office-based workers to modify their work-related practices to work at home. This study explored workers' experiences of adapting to home working, health behaviors and well-being. Methods Twenty-seven home working employees (19 women; aged 23-57 years), from various industry sectors, gave individual semi-structured interviews. Topics focused on home working experiences, routine adaptations, and changes in health behaviors and well-being. Results Four themes were extracted: changes to the work interface; adaptations to a new workspace; changes to work-life balance; and adjustments to a new social context. Notably, participants reported greater reliance on computer-based interactions, which they felt discouraged physical activity and increased sitting. Working in a domestic environment reportedly challenged work-home boundaries. Conclusions Work practices can incidentally detrimentally impact health-related behaviors and well-being. Organizations should develop policies and procedures to promote health-conducive home working.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)330-336
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Volume65
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2023

Keywords

  • Covid-19
  • health
  • health behaviors
  • occupational psychology
  • well-being
  • work practices

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