A study has found that a working-from-home lifestyle, which is not as time-consuming as going to the gym or running errands, boosts performance in daily activities.
Researchers analysed the results of 2,000 men and women in a variety of jobs, including carpenters, landscapers and nurses, and found that people who were part of their home-based work were three times more likely to do the following tasks: lift weights, walk, take showers and take part in daily exercise.
In addition, people who worked from home for an average of 18 hours per week were three to four times more efficient than those who were more physically active at home, and were also more likely than the people in the control group to do some type of physical activity at least once a week.
“We wanted to find out whether home-working could be good for health,” said the study’s lead author, Dr Michael Rutter.
“Our research is a great example of how to use data from a variety to explore a complex subject.”
It’s a bit like playing a game where the players are the researchers and the game is the data.
“In this experiment, researchers asked the participants to answer questions about their lifestyles and health, then measured their performance on various tests of endurance, reaction time and mental flexibility.
The results showed that those who worked at home were significantly more efficient and were more efficient at lifting weights and walking than the participants in the controls.
This is in stark contrast to the study conducted by researchers at the University of Cambridge, which found that physical activity did not improve performance on cognitive tests.”
The data suggest that the home-work-at-home phenomenon is a relatively new phenomenon,” Dr Rutter said.”
People might feel like they have to work less, but the evidence suggests that this is just not true.
“Dr Rutter and colleagues used data from two different types of workplace surveys: the Household Dynamics in Work and Occupational Activities Survey (HDEWAS) and the Workforce Survey for England.
The HDEWAS is conducted by employers and offers data about working patterns across the UK, including how many hours per day employees work.
However, our results show that home-workers have better mental health.””
It is also harder to use in a longitudinal way because it involves asking people to complete a long-term survey, which can be very time consuming.”
However, our results show that home-workers have better mental health.
“Dr Glynn’s study looked at people in three different industries – carpentering, hairdressing and health care.”
Home-workers also tend to be older than their counterparts in other sectors,” he said.
It was also important to include people who are more physically inactive in order to compare home- and work-based lifestyles.
Dr Rutters and his colleagues also used data on mental health.
Dr Glynne Bowers, an associate professor at the Centre for Applied Ethics at the London School of Economics, said that the findings of this study showed that people had to be physically active to maintain their mental health during periods of stress and to perform at their peak.”
If you have to do something, you are more likely not to do it properly, but if you are physically active you are less likely to make the wrong choice,” she said.
Dr Bowers said that people often overestimate their ability to do a task while they are in the house.”
They might say they are going to do this for 20 minutes, and then when they are actually going to finish it, they will have done it for three hours,” she explained.”
When they are not in the home they can easily get distracted by things that are going on in the outside world.
“Dr Bower said that she thought the work-from, not the home, idea of working from home was a good one.”
There are some very good reasons why people choose to work from home,” she added.”
One is to spend more time with family, or to get away from it all.
It is an escape from work.