In the early COVID-19 lockdown, many workers were asked to work from home.

As workplace wellbeing researchers, Professor Kevin Daniels and Dr Helen Fitzhugh decided to explore what might be in store for workers if they ended up having to work from home, isolated from colleagues and confined within their living space, long-term.  

They investigated extreme cases of isolated and confined working (people in remote or rural conditions, such as the Arctic or ‘fly in, fly out’ situations in Australia) to bring to light worst case scenarios for risks and negative outcomes from isolated working.  

To do this, they conducted to a review of reviews. A review sees researchers systematically checking the extent of literature available on a topic and judging its quality and relevance to the question they want to answer. This working paper sets out both the findings of this process and how the process was carried out.