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A Multiple Regression Analysis of the Impact Organisation Size, Frequency of Remote Work, and Personality have on the Wellbeing of Remote Workers Based in Ireland

Bohan, Rachel (2022) A Multiple Regression Analysis of the Impact Organisation Size, Frequency of Remote Work, and Personality have on the Wellbeing of Remote Workers Based in Ireland. Masters thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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The nature of the workplace has faced several changes in recent years due to globalisation, improvements in technology, changing demographics, and cultural shifts. The Covid-19 pandemic brought more change as many organizations were forced to implement remote working, which allows employees to work in a setting other than the typical office environment. Previously an uncommon practice, both employers and employees were unprepared for the event and faced many challenges, particularly regarding employee wellbeing. The pandemic put the concept of well-being at the top of HR practitioner’s agenda, as negative well-being can result in a high turnover of staff, presenteeism, and absenteeism, which has potential to create conflict in the organisation or increase costs due to extra recruitment needs and lack of productivity.

Literature surrounding remote working and employee well-being was scarce or outdated. Accordingly, this study aims to address the gap created in the remote working and well-being literature by investing the factors that could predict the well-being of remote workers. In particular, the study aims to investigate whether organisational size, frequency of remote work, or personality traits can help predict the well-being of remote workers.

As quantitative surveys on the impact of working remotely on employee well-being were carried out in various geographical regions during the pandemic, this researcher carried out a quantitative survey on the geographical region of Ireland as there is a lack of empirical data for this region. This study design is quantitative, nonexperimental, and cross-sectional. 146 respondents aged between 18 and 65+ answered a well-being survey and the Big Five Inventory 10-item personality survey. Multiple regression analysis was used to analyze the data. The results found that size, frequency, extraversion, conscientiousness, and neuroticism were not statistically significant, while openness and agreeableness were. A limitation of the study is the small sample size. Future research on different factors and further research on the aforementioned factors is advised.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Remote working; employee well-being; Covid-19; pandemic; Big Five; personality
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain > Ireland
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > Issues of Labour and Work > Quality of Work Life / Job Satisfaction
Divisions: School of Business > Master of Arts in Human Resource Management
Depositing User: Clara Chan
Date Deposited: 17 Nov 2022 16:08
Last Modified: 17 Nov 2022 16:08

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