Skip to main content

Thank you for visiting You are using a browser version with limited support for CSS. To obtain the best experience, we recommend you use a more up to date browser (or turn off compatibility mode in Internet Explorer). In the meantime, to ensure continued support, we are displaying the site without styles and JavaScript.

Home working brings longer hours, fewer phone calls

A woman is seen through a glass door working on her laptop in the dark

The pandemic-driven shift towards remote working led to an increase in working hours at one large US firm. Credit: Getty

Access options

Rent or Buy article

Get time limited or full article access on ReadCube.


All prices are NET prices.

Nature 597, 450 (2021)


Updates & Corrections

  • Correction 15 September 2021: Clarification 15 September 2021: The headline of this article has been revised to clarify that even in the absence of a pandemic, a shift to remote working will change work patterns.


  1. 1.

    Yang, L. et al. Nature Hum. Behav. (2021).

    Article  Google Scholar 

Download references


Nature Careers


Nature Briefing

Sign up for the Nature Briefing newsletter — what matters in science, free to your inbox daily.

Get the most important science stories of the day, free in your inbox. Sign up for Nature Briefing


Quick links