Telecommuting in Academia – Associations with Staff’s Health and Well-Being

  • Marina HeidenEmail author
  • Linda Richardsson
  • Birgitta Wiitavaara
  • Eva Boman
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 826)


The ability to telecommute has changed working life for staff at universities and colleges. Although the opportunity to work away from the office at any time gives workers more freedom to manage their work, it also imposes higher demands on workers to set limits to their work. The aim of this ongoing study is to determine if there is an optimal amount of telecommuting for male and female academics with respect to perceived health, work stress, recovery, work-life balance, and work motivation. A web-based survey is currently being conducted among lecturers and professors at Swedish universities and colleges. Results so far show that perceived fatigue and stress associated with indistinct organization and conflicts are higher among academics that telecommute to a larger extent. The results also show that female academics are more fatigued and stressed at work than male academics, but this does not seem to be related to the extent of telecommuting performed.


Telework Lecturer Work stress 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for Musculoskeletal Research, Department of Occupational and Public Health Sciences, Faculty of Health and Occupational StudiesUniversity of GävleGävleSweden
  2. 2.Department of Social Work and Psychology, Faculty of Health and Occupational StudiesUniversity of GävleGävleSweden

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