An Investigation of Working from Home During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Luehring, Jamie L.
University of Wisconsin--Stout
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Working from home has become a reality for many non-essential employees due to the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing regulations. It is unclear how long working from home will continue but research regarding working from home and job satisfaction is going to become increasingly important. Working from home is not a new concept; however, we typically see optional part-time telework as opposed to mandatory full-time telework. The ability to work remotely while still having a physical workplace location to report to has shown the greatest success in overall job satisfaction while working from home. This result is due to the ability for employees to tend to their children or adult family members as need be, throughout their workday, which is known as second shift. The current study used a snowball sampling technique through social media to collect data from 61 participants who completed surveys on their perceptions of work-life balance, second shift work, and job satisfaction while telecommuting as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Second shift predicts one factor of work-life balance (personal life interfering with work). Three factors associated with work-life balance all predicted job satisfaction. Finally, second shift did not predict job satisfaction through work-life balance which could be a result of working from home during a pandemic, which is what makes this research different from existing research.