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Gender, Telework, and Worker Welfare during the COVID-19 Pandemic

This qualitative study probes into the teleworking experiences of married men and women during the COVID-19 pandemic and analyzes how teleworking affects their productivity, mental well-being, and family life. Four married males and four married females who were teleworking due to the pandemic participated in the study. The findings of this study revealed that working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic poses significant challenges to employees, including feelings of isolation due to forced confinement, blurring lines between work and family life, and inconsistent job productivity affected by the presence of distractions at home. The study concludes that work-from-home arrangements during the COVID-19 pandemic has reshaped the social relations of individuals and reorganized human resource management under the so-called “next normal.” Insights from this study reveal the challenges and advantages of teleworking to employees and discuss policy options that strengthen workforce protection to support increased productivity, work-life balance, and mental well-being.


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