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After more than two years of adapting to the after-effects of the pandemic, the faculty members of State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) still have inadequate data-based information on the impact of WFH scheme on their work-life balance (WLB), according to NRCP researchers Dr. Arneil G. Gabriel and Ms. Olive Chester C. Antonio of the Nueva Ecija University of Science and Technology.

Their study, “Measuring the Impact of Work-From-Home Scheme on Work-Life Balance of State Universities and Colleges’ (SUCs) Faculty in Nueva Ecija: A Comparative Analysis,” investigated the effects of the pandemic on the various social aspects of the individual and society.

Ms. Antonio reported that 336 out of 348 (96.6%) respondents availed the WFH scheme during the first wave of the pandemic in the country. Respondents said that the flexibility of WFH option created opportunities for them to balance their workloads and minimize exposure to the virus.  They also had chances to assist their family while working at the same time.   They added that there is a feeling of safety when working at home.

Although the WFH scheme positively influenced the respondents’ family satisfaction during the pandemic, the quality time spent with their family are affected by the restrictions or limitations to go to public places, the respondents stressed.

The research concluded that WFH has more advantages than disadvantages during the COVID-19 pandemic. Total expenses were lessened due to the temporary absence of expenses for commuting to work. It was recommended that support should be given to faculty members in SUCs in terms of clear-cut policy arrangement on WFH scheme, work-related academic resources, and activities for enhanced mental health.

The research results were presented at the 18th Kapakanan ng Tao sa Oras ng Pandemya-COVID (KTOP-COVID) webinar last May 30, 2022.  KTOP webinars is part of the Council’s initiative to disseminate the social dimension of the pandemic, and to promote evidence-based policymaking. (Ledger Clemente, NRCP).