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Women work from home to take on more childcare duties while men just want to get away from the distractions of the office, according to Australian research.
The study by University of New South Wales researchers Dr Abigail Powell and Associate Professor Lyn Craig shows men who work at home did not increase their share of childcare.
The national study involved time-use analysis of more than 7,000 employees, which shows a quarter of the participants’ paid work from home accounted for less than 50 percent of their employment time while just 3.5 percent of people were working from home for the majority of their working hours.
It found employees that work from home less than 50 percent of the time repay their employer by working longer than office-based staff.
Working-from-home men recorded an extra 51 minutes of “paid” work a day and women an extra 41 minutes.
The extra work comes at the cost of personal and leisure time for women who also spend an increased amount of time on childcare and domestic duties.
The study also shows men and women who work at home feel more stressed, but despite that are happy with the workplace arrangements.
Powell says further research is required to establish whether working at home caused them to be more stressed or whether working at home was used as a strategy to manage pre-existing stress.