Gender, Telework, and Worker Welfare during the COVID-19 Pandemic

AIM RSN PCC Discussion Paper 2022-01

23 Pages Posted: 11 Mar 2022

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Sunshine Alcantara

Asian Institute of Management Policy Center

John Paul Flaminiano

Asian Institute of Management Policy Center

Date Written: March 10, 2022

Abstract

This qualitative study probes into the teleworking experiences of married men and women during the COVID-19 pandemic and analyzes how teleworking affects their productivity, mental well-being, and family life. Four married males and four married females who were teleworking due to the pandemic participated in the study. The findings of this study revealed that working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic poses significant challenges to employees, including feelings of isolation due to forced confinement, blurring lines between work and family life, and inconsistent job productivity affected by the presence of distractions at home. The study concludes that work from home arrangements during the COVID-19 pandemic has reshaped the social relations of individuals and reorganized human resource management under the so-called “next normal.” Insights from this study reveal the challenges and advantages of teleworking to employees and discuss policy options that strengthen workforce protection to support increased productivity, work-life balance, and mental well-being.

Keywords: telework, gender, labor, qualitative study

Suggested Citation

Alcantara, Sunshine Therese and Flaminiano, John Paul, Gender, Telework, and Worker Welfare during the COVID-19 Pandemic (March 10, 2022). AIM RSN PCC Discussion Paper 2022-01, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4054147

Sunshine Therese Alcantara

Asian Institute of Management Policy Center ( email )

3/F, Asian Institute of Management
Eugenio Lopez Foundation Bldg., 123 Paseo de Roxas
Makati City, Metro Manila 1103
Philippines

John Paul Flaminiano (Contact Author)

Asian Institute of Management Policy Center ( email )

123 Paseo de Roxas
Makati City, Metro Manila
Philippines

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