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Worker well-being before and during the COVID-19 restrictions: A longitudinal study in the UK

Diane Pelly, Michael Daly, Liam Delaney () and Orla Doyle

No 202105, Working Papers from School of Economics, University College Dublin

Abstract: The potential impact of COVID-19 restrictions on worker well-being is currently unknown. In this study we examine 15 well-being outcomes collected from 621 full-time workers assessed before (November, 2019 - February, 2020) and during (May-June, 2020) the COVID-19 pandemic. Fixed effects analyses are used to investigate how the COVID-19 restrictions and involuntary homeworking affect well-being and job performance. The majority of worker well-being measures are not adversely affected. Homeworkers feel more engaged and autonomous, experience fewer negative emotions and feel more connected to their organisations. However, these improvements come at the expense of reduced homelife satisfaction and job performance.

Keywords: COVID-19 restrictions; Workers; Homeworking; Subjective well-being; Productivity; Mental health; Job satisfaction; Engagement (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I31 J08 J24 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 60 pages
Date: 2021-02
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-eur, nep-hap, nep-hea, nep-hrm, nep-lab and nep-ltv
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