A recent study showed that remote work benefits more husbands than wives.
After the pandemic, most people kept working from home to save money, and improve their flexibility and childcare. The number of home workers increased from 5.7% to 17.9% (27.6 million people) only in 2021, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. However, a new study by the Ohio State University found that there are differences for couples related to the home related tasks division.
The survey conducted in two stages shows that both parents have family-oriented tasks. However, while working from home, the father usually takes over fewer housing tasks and childcare, leaving more responsibilities to the mothers. As study lead author Jasmine Hu said: “These findings suggest husbands can provide more resources and support for their wives to complete remote work tasks when they have flexibility in scheduling their work time and procedure.”
Other studies from the McKinsey poll and Yale also confirm that women are more likely to experience burnout because of the combination of work and home tasks. In other words, remote work can open new opportunities. But the organization is vital.
At the moment, remote work benefits more husbands than wives. However, the trend is growing, bringing new solutions to accommodate different people.