Research on

Working from Home

The global outbreak of COVID-19 is rapidly and drastically changing how and where work is done, often with little choice for those involved. We aim to better understand how individuals and organisations are being affected, what new possibilities are being created, and how we can provide practical support for the intense demands that workers are experiencing right now.

Remote Managers Are Having Trust Issues

It seems that during the Covid-19 pandemic, some managers are having a hard time adjusting to managing employees without “line of sight.” Hand in hand with managers’ struggles, many employees are feeling the negative effects of close monitoring and distrust from their bosses. The good news is that these managers can be supported and trained to manage their employees more effectively from a distance.

Thrive at Work at Home


Aims of the study

This project aims to understand how workers are being affected by the Covid-19 pandemic and how best to support large scale home working during this crisis.


We will explore:

  1. The multiple factors involved in influencing home workers' well-being and productivity;

  2. Employees’ level of mental health and well-being

  3. The strategies organizations and individuals adopt to cope with working from home.


4 weekly 30 minute online surveys followed by 5 monthly 30 minute online surveys (6 months in total).

Who can take part?

We are keen to hear from you if you are:

  • Currently working from home;

  • Currently in a workplace outside of the home and likely to be working from home in the near future;

  • Currently alternating between working from home and working outside the home.

Why take part?


  • Contribute to COVID-19 scientific research by engaging in a critical study needed to understand the impact of rapid and radical changes to work in the context of the pandemic.

  • Receive a personalised feedback report after completing the first three surveys. This report will contain tips and strategies for healthy, productive working from home, as well as your results for key aspects of your work, well-being, and productivity. You will be able to see how these aspects have changed for you over the three weeks, and compare your results to others who have taken the survey.


  • Earn a voucher after completing the first 4 surveys which you can choose to:

  1. Donate to the research team to support research to promote thriving at work at home

  2. Donate to Covid-19 medical research to support scientific research into the virus and potential treatments / vaccines

  3. Receive as a Coles voucher which can be used for instore purchases (unfortunately, this last option is only available for participants located in Australia)*

*Due to the high level of participation in this survey, we are unfortunately no longer able to offer a voucher to participants completing the first of the surveys on or after Wednesday 6th May 2020. We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and are very grateful to those who have already taken part. We very much welcome new participants beyond this date, however, and will be continuing to provide personalised feedback reports for these people after the first three surveys are completed.




to date

This survey is closed from Monday 15th June 2020 to new participants. To all our current participants, we welcome your continued participation, and thank you for your contribution.

Without you, this unique and important study would not exist!


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