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Thanks to the pandemic, many couples around the world were forced to work from home together. And for those that do, the deal may be better for husbands than wives, according to new research. A study looked at dual-earner couples in China and South Korea and found the experience just isn’t the same for both genders.

The research shows that both husbands and wives got more family-related tasks done while working from home instead of at the office, but husbands did fewer of those tasks when their wives were also working from home. But wives didn’t do less when their husbands were also working from home. Wives also felt guilty about not getting housework done or spending time with their families when they worked more, but their husbands? Not so much.

Jasmine Hu, lead study author and professor of management at The Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business, explains that the research shows there are still some gendered differences in how couples manage their job and family responsibilities. She says, “These findings suggest that husbands could help remote working wives when they have more flexible work schedules and do more family tasks when their wives have more rigid work schedules.”

Source: Study Finds

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