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Exploring the experiences of remote work and the skills needed to remain valuable on the labour market during the COVID-19 pandemic

Dronova, Elena (2021) Exploring the experiences of remote work and the skills needed to remain valuable on the labour market during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Abstract:The purpose of the present study is to examine the experiences and adaptation process of representatives of high and low contact proximity groups to remote work in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. The current study is built on previous research initiatives, however provides an in-depth insight into the experience of high and low-contact proximity groups and their differences and similarities which distinguishes it from the previous research initiatives. Hence, the paper explores the skills employees find important to remain valuable during and after the pandemic. Method: Qualitative research was implemented through in-depth interviews with an international sample represented by 21 Russian and Dutch participants as a research instrument to collect the necessary data. Data analysis indicated that there is a difference between high and low contact proximity groups and their outcomes during and after the pandemic and shown that for the high-contact group it was more difficult to adapt compared to the low-contact group. Also, the subgroup 'University teachers' turned out to differ from the other groups. As a consequence, new possible lines of research were open such as in-depth exploration of high contact job group since this study did not provide many results for the participants in this group. These results can be particular for anyone interested in experiences of employees of remote work during the corona crisis, as well as scholars, HR’s, managers, psychologists, and sociologists.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:05 communication studies
Programme:Communication Studies MSc (60713)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/86538
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