The objective of the COVID-19 Remote Working Employee Pulse Survey is to gather data on employees’ experiences of remote working in these unprecedented times. We want to collect data to answer the following questions:
- How are employees adjusting to remote working, what is going well and what changes would employees suggest?
- How are employees responding to remote working from a well-being perspective?
- How is remote working impacting employee productivity?
- What lessons can be learned about remote working that could be retained/sustained post-COVID-19?
This project is being led by Dr Paula O'Kane, Associate Professor Sara Walton and Dr Diane Ruwhiu from the Work Futures Otago team at the University of Otago, in conjunction with Professor Alma McCarthy, Professor Alan Ahearne and Dr Katerina Bohle-Carbonell at NUI Galway and Tomás Ó Síocháin and Deirdre Frost of NUI Galway (Ireland).
The research team will analyse the findings of the survey and make them publicly available through Work Futures Otago reports and publications. The research team will provide recommendations for employers on how to better manage remote working in the current crisis as well as more generally.
Why are we interested?
The working practices rolled out during the past two months at a scale never seen before, have allowed for an incredible opportunity to ask questions and crunch numbers on the realities of working form home.
We want to influence the way people work in the future and use their voice to do this, the comparative aspect is fantastic and can allow us to see how different responses to COVID-19 can influence people’s attitudes.
By gathering data on employees’ experiences of remote working in these unprecedented times, we can understand how they want this to influence future working from home opportunities given by their organisations.
The survey seeks to find out how people are adjusting to remote working, what works well, what should be changed, what lessons can be learned, and how remote working is impacting on employee productivity. From the results, the research team will provide recommendations for employers on how to better manage remote working in the current crisis as well as more generally.