TH-P01-025-interactive - Exploring remote e-workers’ affective well-being at work: A blurred picture

Emotions and organizational contexts
Interactive Poster Presentation
Thursday May 18   11:00 AM to 12:30 PM (1 hour 30 minutes)
O'Brien Foyer
Emotion in the workplace
Emotions and organizational contexts
Exploring remote e-workers’ affective well-being at work: A blurred picture
M. Charalampous*, C. Grant 1, C. Tramontano 1, E. Grunfeld 1
1Coventry University, ,
Content: Purpose:
This research which forms part of a broader study aims to explore and assess multi-dimensional well-being at work (i.e. affective, social, cognitive, psychosomatic, and professional) in remote e-workers. The present contribution is specifically focused on the affective component. E-work has been defined as work conducted at anyplace and anytime using technology.
Thirty-nine semi-structured interviews with remote e-workers (22 female, Mage= 46.86, SD= 8.25) were conducted in a UK IT organisation. Interviewees work in a variety of job roles and have a range of working patterns (e.g., full-time home-based, working in a variety of locations). Data were analysed using thematic analysis. 
The affective well-being was explored by looking at work-related emotions, job satisfaction, organisational commitment and emotional exhaustion. Preliminary findings show that remote e-working is both positively and negatively associated with affective well-being.
Interview data was gained from a particular organisation, restricting results’ generalisability.
 Research/Practical Implications:
Findings provide an in-depth understanding of e-workers’ affective well-being and underline how different job roles and working patterns may influence the relationship between remote e-working and well-being at work.
Results will inform the development of a new scale to assess the posited five well-being dimensions in e-working populations; supporting organisations in monitoring and preventing potential unhealthy behaviours that could negatively affect e-workers’ well-being.
Currently there are no existing measures specifically focused on e-worker’s well-being. This study supports the development of a new scale.


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