Working from home: Mismatch between access and need in relation to work–home interference and fatigue

Astrid de Wind, Debby G. J. Beckers, Hylco H. Nijp, Wendela Hooftman, Angela G. E. M. de Boer, Sabine A. E. Geurts

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Objectives Working from home (WfH) is a promising practice that may enable employees to successfully and sustainably combine work and private life. Yet, not every employer facilitates WfH and not every employee has similar needs concerning the practice. The current study aims to examine the association of a WfH mismatch with work–home interference (WHI) and fatigue. Methods Data on WfH, WHI, and fatigue of a quasi-representative sample of 2374 Dutch employees in 2012/13 and a follow-up measurement one year later were used. Cross-sectional and longitudinal regression analyses were conducted to investigate the cross-sectional and temporal associations between WfH mismatch on the one hand and (changes in) time-based and strain-based WHI and fatigue on the other hand. Results In the cross-sectional analyses, WfH mismatch was significantly associated with higher time-based WHI (B=0.13), strain-based WHI (B=0.17) and more fatigue (B=0.32). WfH mismatch was not associated with changes in these outcomes after one year of follow-up. Conclusions A tailored WfH organizational policy, in which employees’ need for working from home is taken into account, may be a fruitful approach to utilize WfH as a way for employees to successfully and sustainably combine work and private life to its full potential.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)619-627
Number of pages9
JournalScandinavian Journal of Work, Environment and Health
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2021


  • Remote work
  • Well-being
  • Work location flexibility
  • Worktime control

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