The Effect of SARS-CoV-1 Pandemic on Remote Work: Research Results

Agnieszka Zarczynska–Dobiesz, Kinga Gaura
European Research Studies Journal, Volume XXIV, Special Issue 3, 936-948, 2021
DOI: 10.35808/ersj/2535


Purpose: Coronavirus affects the mental and physical state of society. Sudden isolation, uncertainty, fears of an existential nature contributed to an increase in the number of patients suffering depression and deteriorated human relations. Remote work was offered in the labor market as an attractive benefit for employees. It was used mainly by large organizations that took conscious steps to retain employees and enhance their engagement. The article's primary purpose is to identify the critical obstacles to remote work in the covid-19 conditions from an employee's perspective. Design/Methodology/Approach: The investigation involved the revision of relevant literature and conducting own research. The applied testing techniques and methods were selected based on the intended purpose of the work and the formulated research questions. Empirical studies were quantitative, they were designed correctly in terms of methodology, leading to interesting conclusions. The authors conducted their research using a questionnaire, which consisted of one-time and multiple-choice questions. Respondents also assessed the questions according to the scale given in the questionnaire. The empirical part is based on the survey results conducted in the second quarter of 2021 on 150 representatives. Findings: The pandemic deteriorated the state of physical health, but above all, society's mental health. The collected information allowed us to identify critical obstacles to remote work enforced by the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. Practical Implications: The research provides formulation recommendations for managers about managing remote employees. The findings should help Polish companies, leaders, and their employees collaborate to enhance remote work and minimalize stress factors. Originality/Value: Our paper contributes to the latest insight into remote work during a Pandemic. The authors of this article are aware that it would be worthwhile to conduct the study in a dynamic perspective,, a more extended working period, which would allow, to identify the adaptability of workers to remote work.

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