SARS-CoV-2, also known as COVID-19, was discovered in Wuhan, China, in 2019. This virus rapidly progressed into a pandemic which caused global quarantines from early 2020 through to the time of writing. Estimates say that 41.8% of US employees transitioned from their traditional workspace to teleworking from home. The combination of working from home and the inability to access one’s surroundings freely has never occurred in the past, and the effects are unknown. Therefore, we conducted a rapid review of the existing literature identifying five studies that examined preliminary findings pertaining to physical health, mental health, work satisfaction, and factors that affected those three criteria: the presence of children and living environment. We found that people are generally satisfied with their new work situation but lacked preparation and support to thrive in their new environments. Having young children and lacking ergonomic workspaces appeared to be the primary sources of mental and physical stress in those who worked from home during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the flexibility and privacy of telework seem to be appreciated. Our findings indicated that remote work is generally positive, which is supported by companies incorporating telework in the future.
Killebrew, Kai, "The Effects of Working from Home During the COVID-19 Pandemic" (2021). Master of Public Health Capstone Presentations. Presentation 411.