The objective of this systematic review was to evaluate the extant literature on the relationship between teleworking and employee perceived stress, isolation, loneliness and psychological well-being. Three online databases, SCOPUS, Web of Science and Proquest, were searched electronically and reference lists of relevant studies searched manually to identify studies published between January 2000 and January 2017. Studies were included if they involved a group of remote workers and considered the relationship between teleworking and stress, isolation, loneliness or psychological well-being. All quantitative designs were included and no study was excluded based on quality assessment. One
researcher conducted data extraction and two researchers independently conducted quality appraisal. As there was substantial heterogeneity between studies a narrative synthesis was undertaken. Fifteen studies met the inclusion criteria, with the majority considering stress related outcomes and limited studies considering isolation, loneliness and psychological wellbeing.
Findings related to stress were found to be contradictory; some studies reported
increased stress associated with teleworking while others reported a reduction in stress. The review concludes that the evidence base is incomplete and lacks robust methodological quality. More research is necessary before any inferences can be made about the relationship between teleworking and stress, isolation, loneliness and psychological well-being.
Original languageEnglish
JournalEuropean Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology
Publication statusSubmitted - 2017

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