Eworklife: developing effective strategies for remote working during the COVID-19 pandemic

Anna Rudnicka*, Joseph Newbold*, Dave Cook, Marta Cecchinato, Sandy Gould, Anna Cox

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The COVID-19 pandemic means governments have advised citizens to engage in “social distancing” measures, which include working from home. Many people have had to learn how to work from home and develop effective strategies in a very short period. This especially rapid move to remote working is unprecedented, so we do not know how this shift is affecting people’s working lives. We developed a mixed-methods survey and a series of in-depth interviews, through which we investigated the new challenges for people in managing digital self-control, maintaining productivity and work-life balance that have surfaced during the COVID-19 crisis. We also catalogued the strategies participants adopted through the first stages of lockdown in response to these challenges. From this, we draw research and policy implications for supporting neophyte remote workers when managing digital self-control, productivity, and work-life balance during and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages13
Publication statusPublished - 31 Aug 2020
EventNew Future of Work - Virtual/Online
Duration: 3 Aug 20205 Aug 2020


ConferenceNew Future of Work
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