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Working from home, online meetings: older workers’ situation

Do older workers find the transition to working from home more difficult?

Project period May 2020 - November 2020
Project employer Centre for senior policy
Project nr. 10500
Project leader Anne Skevik Grødem
Older man working on computer

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Project Background – Working from home and online meetings

Starting March 12th 2020, a number of measures were implemented in Norway to slow down the spreading of the COVID-19-virus. In many industries this implied working from home as much as possible. This also put an end to face to face-meetings in the workplace, and transferred all meetings to digital platforms (Skype, Teams, Zoom and others).

Project Aim – Older workers' situation

This study looks into age differences in coping with this transition. It is a widespread myth that older workers find the use of new technologies difficult. If so, this new way of working must have been particularly hard for them. In addition, it is possible that working from home affects job motivation differently among workers who are close to retirement age.

Project Approach – Survey

Methodologically, the study relies on a survey among 1000 employees in industries where many have been instructed to work from home. The survey was carried out in May 2020.


Anne Skevik Grødem Dr. polit. Research Professor +47 920 56 232 Send e-mail
Ragni Hege Kitterød Dr. polit. Research Professor +47 950 50 375 Send e-mail
Tags: Working Life
Published June 30, 2020 2:48 PM - Last modified Nov. 2, 2020 11:14 AM