Learning from enforced working from home due to COVID-19 to shape the future of work

In 2020, many organizations had to send most of their employees to work from home to reduce the infection risk, resulting in “enforced working from home” (EWFH). One third of all employees in Germany worked from home at the beginning of the pandemic in April 2020. We investigate how the enforced homeoffice setting impacts employees in terms of well-being and productivity.


We study (1) academic staff in a large German university and (2) knowledge workers at the IT department of a global operating industry firm. We use a 4-week-diary study and online questionnaires.

Related Publications

  • Mattern, J., Lansmann, S., & Hüllmann, J. A. (2021). It’s not that bad! Perceived stress of knowledge workers during enforced working from home due to COVID-19. In Proceedings of the 16th International Conference on Wirtschaftsinformatik (WI), Duisburg-Essen, Germany.