Stream 5: Responses to wellbeing and covid-19

21 Jan 2021
11:50 - 13:15

Stream 5: Responses to wellbeing and covid-19

Stream 5: Responses to wellbeing and covid-19

Proposing a theoretical model to improve the remote workers’ employee engagement and well-being

While remote working is associated with higher organisational commitment and job satisfaction, these benefits come at the cost of work intensification with a greater inability to switch off, blurring the work-life borders. This paper explores benefits of stronger connection between research and practical concerns for today’s organisations, the engagement and well-being of the remote worker is one such concern.

Speaker: Roopa Nagori, PhD Researcher, Coventry University

Tackling the issue of occupational stress and employee burnout in the work from home context during COVID-19

Aim of this study was to explore the emerging issue of burnout and work stress among the ICT-ITES (Information and Communication Technology-Information Technology Enabled Service) employees working from home during the COVID-19 lockdown period in Bangalore, India. It focuses on the rapidly altered organisational characteristics and individual factors that contributed to occupational stress leading to burnout among the employees working from home.

Speaker: Prakriti Dasgupta, Consultant, People in Business (India) LLP

Wellbeing as an organizing principle: Establishing and sustaining organizational wellbeing through practice

Drawing on organizational theory that sees wellbeing as a practice – something people do, this paper reports on a qualitative multiple case study of exemplar organizations who prioritize employee wellbeing. This research shows how wellbeing practices are established and are sustained and developed through reinforcing processes. It offers a framework, which emphasizes the organization as the focal unit of analysis and has wider potential for understanding how organizational wellbeing is achieved in practice.

Speaker: David Watson, Lecturer in Organizational Behaviour, Norwich Business School, University of East Anglia


Discussants: The above speakers and Andy MacDonald, Group HR Director, Jisc

Chair: Rachel Suff, Senior Policy Adviser Employment Relations, CIPD