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Working from home easier for men than for women: studying

Most people prefer to work from home, but men have had it much easier during lockdown because women still had to shoulder a larger chunk of household chores, according to a study.

Over 60% of respondents said working from home was a positive experience, but women said they were less likely than men to have the ideal equipment and space to work from home, according to the study .

The study was commissioned by ASB Bank, a New Zealand-based lender, and the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research.

“Our study makes it clear that while flexible working has many benefits, it also highlights the difference between men’s and women’s chores in the home, especially when children are more at home,” said ASB Managing Director Vittoria Shortt.

“With women still taking on the responsibility for most of the housework, there is a risk that they will be disadvantaged both at work and at home, trying to balance two roles.”

While a majority of men and women are happy to work from home, women are more likely to say that they have a greater burden in the household.
While a majority of men and women are happy to work from home, women are more likely to say that they have a greater burden in the household.
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The study found that women had to take greater responsibility when it came to educating youth who were forced to stay at home as schools closed due to the pandemic.

According to the study, 56% of women reported doing most or all of their classes at home, while only 22% of women said the burden was shared equally between women and men.

“COVID has presented a challenge to families as parents have to homeschool their children during the lockdown in addition to their normal working lives, which is an unrealistic expectation,” Shortt said.

“We can see from research that women tend to take on more responsibility…”

According to the study, women are more likely to have taken responsibility for homeschooling their children during lockdown.
According to the study, women are more likely to have taken responsibility for homeschooling their children during lockdown.
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The study found that men are more likely to occupy the study or office in their home or apartment. Male managers are also more likely to want their employees to be physically back in the office, while women are more likely to prefer to stay away.

Of those who preferred to work from the office, men were more likely to want to return because they needed to be seen by their colleagues, while women were more likely to value social connections in the workplace, according to the study.

https://nypost.com/2022/03/07/working-from-home-easier-for-men-than-women-study/ Working from home easier for men than for women: studying

DUSTIN JONES

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