While many people love the flexibility that comes with working from home, others may see the lack of an office setting and the opportunities for social interaction that it offers as a huge disadvantage.

Abi Smith, the business manager for the food company Spice Kitchen, promised never to apply for a job that required home or remote work. She said that the lack of a routine that included waking up, leaving the house, and having social interactions with others may have harmed her mental health. Carol, who works in a major US organization, said that while she could talk to people on video chat all day, she preferred being in an office setting since it seemed nicer.

According to a May 2021 survey by the American Psychiatric Association, nearly two-thirds of adults who spend at least some time working from home say they occasionally feel isolated or lonely. People who shared a home with family or a spouse throughout the lockdown reportedly experienced much fewer mental health issues.