"Water cooler talk" can have big benefits
Remote working and more virtual meetings have led to increased workplace structure, with clear goals and tasks. "Reciprocity in conversation" - ensuring a two-way flow of conversation - may help improve remote work environments and lead to higher levels of task enjoyment.
Being in company boosts creativity
So many studies are now showing that working from home on a regular basis is bad for the individual, their family and the organization that employs them.
Positive relationships boost self-esteem, and vice versa
Lack of social support - or deep friendships - and low self-esteem weakens the immune system, which is why lonely people tend to die early. This is one of the reasons why constant working from home without the support of an office environment (most people’s tribe, or center of belonging) is so dangerous.
Trapped by a flexible schedule
New research investigating the downsides of independent work finds that self-employment often disrupts the balance between life and work and takes up more time than traditional office work.
One day of employment a week is all we need for mental health
Researchers have set out to define a recommended "dosage" of work for optimal wellbeing.
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