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Pakistan Journal of Medical and Health Sciences ; 16(5):131-136, 2022.
Article in English | EMBASE | ID: covidwho-1885027

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Background: During COVID-19 medical education system in our ever-burgeoning societies thus saw a paradigm shift from in-person interactions to a virtual ones. In Pakistan, HEC also preferred online open-book exams (OBE) to closed-book exams (CBE) as an assessment strategy;issued guidelines accordingly. The absorption of this new assessment strategy proved daunting for undergraduate (UG) medical students. Careful understanding of their experiences proffers a seamless integration of online OBE in online assessment as a whole. Methods: The Qualitative exploratory design has been utilized. The sampling technique includes purposeful sampling with maximum variation in sampling type. The sample size was eighteen students for three FGDs (six students in each group). Online FGDs were conducted and thematic analysis was done with verbatim transcription of data. Result: Eight themes have been extracted from the data. The themes include understanding of students with online OBE, practice and training for online OBE, preparation for students for OBE, attempting online OBE, the spectrum of emotions, educational impact and benefits of online OBE, difficulties encountered during online OBE, and anticipated future of OBE in medical education. Conclusion: Experiences of UG medical students in online OBE indicate its potential in future applications, such as formative assessment, teaching strategy, complementing conventional exams, and assessing real-life workplace situations. Relevant findings have enabled the furnishing of one model for the effective utilization of online OBE for institutions and students.

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Behav Sci (Basel) ; 12(6)2022 Jun 08.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1884005

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Service industry workers experience challenging labor conditions in the United States, including pay below the minimum wage, expected emotional labor, and harassment. Additionally, in part because they work long shifts in high stress environments in restaurants and bars, many build and form personal workplace relationships (PWRs). In 2021, we interviewed 38 service industry workers and managers during the COVID-19 pandemic where we examined occupational challenges they faced in the state of Texas, USA. Through our interpretive research, this essay showcases our inductive findings on how service industry workers and managers utilize communication to create and sustain PWRs. We identified how some PWRs are sustained through a unique form of occupational identification that cultivates a "service industry family", which we term familial personal workplace relationships (familial PWRs). This extends past organizational communication scholarship on family to consider occupational identification. Furthermore, our research reveals that while PWRs may build communities through care and support, they also perpetuate organizational violence, like sexual harassment and bullying.

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Higher Education Skills and Work-Based Learning ; : 14, 2022.
Article in English | English Web of Science | ID: covidwho-1883091

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Purpose By focusing on a Greek traditional learning university, during and post Covid-19 restrictions, the study aims at examining the concurrent effects of teaching and assessment format on students' academic performance. The inclusion of case studies in course assessment post Covid-19 restrictions is also expected to give a rough insight into students' employability skills and workplace readiness. Design/methodology/approach The academic performance of 489 undergraduate students, as determined by the grades they earned, was measured in the final exams of business-to-business marketing and integrated marketing communication courses, held in January 2021 and 2022 at a Greek public university. The primary predictor variable or interest was "teaching and assessment format", and took two values: (1) online teaching with multiple-choice assessment format (during Covid-19 restrictions) and (2) traditional classroom teaching with in-person case study and open-ended assessment format (post Covid-19 restrictions). Findings Grades were found to be affected by the participants' year of study, the type of marketing course, in which they were examined, and the teaching and assessment format employed. Either in whole or by gender, students appear to perform significantly worse in the traditional teaching with in-person case study and open-ended questions assessment format. Practical implications Good pedagogical practice in the use of digital technology is advised to incorporate diverse teaching tools and assessment methods. Originality/value Examination of the concurrent effects of teaching and assessment on academic performance unveils significant variation in students' academic performance under different formats, which may be attributable to multiple reasons.

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16th Annual International Conference on European Integration (AICEI) ; : 55-88, 2021.
Article in English | English Web of Science | ID: covidwho-1880977

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This study investigates the level of politeness in the workplace during the COVID-19 pandemic by using the speech acts of request, apology and compliment in English. The organization that is subject to research is University American College Skopje - a private higher-education institution in the Republic of North Macedonia. Organizational communication is essential for the performance of and within one organization and is a crucial part of employees' motivation, employees' retention, positive performance and positive financial outcomes of the organization. On the other hand, being polite in the workplace and following proper workplace etiquette can help managers and workers function as a unit. Hence, as language is the main tool of communication, its effectiveness is analyzed and determined through language analysis done on the use of three speech acts: request, apology and compliment, which are considered to be most commonly used in an organizational setting. The research is conducted with participants who hold administrative and managerial positions at UACS. They are invited to electronically respond to six different situations, which ask them to use the speech acts that are subject to this research: once in a conversation with their fellow colleague on the same level, and then when conversing with their superior - for the administrative positions, and with their subordinate - for the management-positioned respondents. The situations given in the questionnaire are constructed to seem natural for the respondents' particular working environment. For better communication to be achieved, normal circumstances in life and business always recommend using polite language, but the new COVID-19 pandemic, with its urge for physical distancing and isolation, calls for mandatory politeness, to ensure people's mental wellbeing and successful organizational communication. The research shows that, in this pandemic, when communicating through the three speech acts, the UACS employees are highly polite in their organizational communication.

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Deutsches Arzteblatt International ; 118(52):A2456, 2021.
Article in German | EMBASE | ID: covidwho-1880840
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Arch Gerontol Geriatr ; 102: 104745, 2022 Jun 06.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1881692

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BACKGROUND: Nursing home staff have been adversely impacted throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, facing difficulties in providing patient care. The aim of this study was to explore health workers' perception regarding their own care quality experience in nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic. Amidst the second wave of the pandemic, we investigated the relationships between fear of COVID-19 and care quality experiences in nursing homes with emotional exhaustion (EE) as a mediating role. We hypothesized that EE is associated with fear of COVID-19 and care quality experience among nursing home staff. Furthermore, we predicted that EE would mediate the relationships between fear of COVID-19 and care quality experience. METHODS: During the second wave of COVID-19 (October to December 2020), we administered surveys to a large sample of 129 French nursing home staff with a mean age of 38.47 ± 10.31 who were directly and repeatedly exposed to COVID-19. We assessed their emotional exhaustion (EE) and care quality experience in the workplace via subjective indicators using self-reported scales. RESULTS: In the context of COVID-19, low to severe emotional exhaustion levels were found among nursing home staff, and these levels were associated with care quality experience as well as fear of COVID-19. The groups with low and severe levels of EE reported the highest levels of fear of COVID-19. The groups with moderate and severe levels of EE reported the lowest levels of care quality experience. Lastly, the relationships between fear of COVID-19 and care quality experience were mediated by EE. CONCLUSIONS: The findings made by the present study focused on the role of emotional coping responses to COVID-19. EE was associated positively with fear of COVID-19 and negatively with care quality experience. Furthermore, EE was found to mediate the relationship between fear of COVID-19 and care quality experience. We discuss these findings as they relate to palliative care issues in nursing homes and the manner in which emotional exhaustion ought to be addressed among nursing home staff.

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Fertility and Sterility ; 116(3 SUPPL):e220, 2021.
Article in English | EMBASE | ID: covidwho-1880552

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OBJECTIVE: To compare trends in and rates of elective egg freezing (EF) cycles before and during the COVID-19 pandemic. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We retrospectively identified all appointments for EF from June 2019-February 2020 (group 1, pre-pandemic) and June 2020-February 2021 (group 2, post-pandemic) for comparison. Total numbers of EF consultation appointments and retrievals, time to first EF cycle after initial consultation, as well as patient demographics were collected. Growth rates in EF cycles from pre- to post-pandemic were calculated as a whole, by time to first EF cycle from initial consultation, as well as by age group (<30, 30-34.9, 35-39.9, 40-44.9 and >45). RESULTS: Post-pandemic retrieval volume for EF increased by 39% compared to pre-pandemic despite only a 3% increase in new consultation appointments seen over the same timeframe. Demographics in patients pursuing EF between the two timeframes were similar (average age 36.8 years pre-pandemic vs 36.6 years post-pandemic). There was 44% growth in patients pursuing EF cycles in 90 days or less, primarily driven by increased numbers of EF cycles in the 30-34.9 year-old age group. CONCLUSIONS: Despite stable numbers of patients presenting for EF consultation pre- and post-pandemic, more EF retrieval cycles were observed post-pandemic, notably occurring at earlier timepoints from initial consultation and in patients <35. This may represent pandemic-related reevaluation of life goals, changes in financial status, and/or alterations in workplace flexibility. Qualitative survey data will provide further insight into the motivators and drivers of EF, particularly during a time of national crisis. Research focused on what factors were most responsible for the increase in EF cycles may enable providers and patients to make accommodations in the future. IMPACT STATEMENT: Following the COVID-19 pandemic, we observed growth in EF cycle volume and the rates at which EF cycles were initiated after EF consultation. (Table Presented).

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J UOEH ; 44(2): 177-184, 2022.
Article in Japanese | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1879642

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Several types of SARS-Cov-2 vaccine have been quickly developed and officially approved for emergency use in accordance with the Pharmaceutical Act. Mass vaccination in workplaces in Japan was subsequently promoted, targeting health care workers and senior citizens. We overviewed the pathophysiology of COVID-19 and reviewed reports containing fatal outcomes, compensation programs, and remedial measures for health damage after vaccinations, in relation to their relevant legislations. The Immunization Act was amended prior to the mass vaccination to authorize the indemnity agreement between the government and pharmaceutical companies to compensate for losses based on health damages after vaccination. Pursuant to the Civil Code and the State Redress Act, employers reserve the right to obtain reimbursement when they are liable to pay compensation for damages inflicted on a third party. There are no provisions to exclude healthcare workers and occupational health staff who participated in practical procedures from lawsuits and liability. We propose legislative reformation and careful contracts with responsible organizations concerned with emergency vaccinations in order to confront forthcoming new or re-emerging infections beyond this pandemic.


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COVID-19 Vaccines , Vaccination , COVID-19/prevention & control , COVID-19 Vaccines/administration & dosage , COVID-19 Vaccines/adverse effects , Humans , Japan , Vaccination/adverse effects , Vaccination/legislation & jurisprudence , Workers' Compensation , Workplace
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Springer Series in Design and Innovation ; 16:161-174, 2022.
Article in English | Scopus | ID: covidwho-1877702

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The spring of 2020 saw the spread of the virus COVID_19. The pandemic context experienced since demanded human physical distancing which results in the closure of universities and schools, ground flights, and closing spaces to stop all forms of gatherings. The forced lockdown to ensure the safety of people, and the government policies to close operations pressed and encouraged employers and employees to adopt telework notwithstanding the short time to prepare everyone for a new model of work. Before the pandemic, telework faced a slow acceptance and adoption in European countries. The pandemic was and still is a driving force for the adoption of telework, in this case considering the remote workplace employees’ domestic environs. A review of literature exposes plenty of information regarding telework benefits and drawbacks, but scarce information is available about the relationship between telework and Academia. This article aims to understand the academia’s experience of working from home, especially the features of home workplace and its impact on the health and wellbeing of the individuals. At the end, the main question is if academics want to stay with any form of telework. The responses obtained revealed that academics want to remain in telework several days a week and have working space conditions to do so. Literature review and online questionnaire performed the theoretical framework and contextual data to support the conclusions achieved. The answers ascertained the experience as a positive one, indicating that home workplaces have comfortable, technical and private conditions and there is a generic expectation to proceed with telework for several days a week. © 2022, The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG.

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Embase; 2022.
Preprint in English | EMBASE | ID: ppcovidwho-338255

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Background. Human behavior, economic activity, vaccination, and social distancing are inseparably entangled in epidemic management. This study aims to investigate the effects of various parameters such as stay-at-home restrictions, work hours, vaccination and social distance on the containment of pandemics such as COVID-19. Methods. To achieve this, we developed an agent-based model based on a time-dynamic graph with stochastic transmission events. The graph is constructed from a real-world social network. The graph's edges have been categorized into three categories: home, workplaces, and social environment. The conditions needed to mitigate the spread of wild-type (WT) COVID-19 and the delta variant have been analyzed. Our purposeful agent-based model has carefully executed tens of thousands of individual-based simulations. We propose simple relationships for the trade-offs between effective reproduction number (Re), transmission rate, work hours, vaccination, and stay at home restrictions. Results. For the WT, it has been found that a 13% increase in vaccination impacts the reproduction number, like the magnitude of decreasing nine hours of work to four and a single day of stay-at-home order. For the delta, 16% vaccination has the same effect. Also, since we can keep track of household and non-household infections, we observed that the change in household transmission rate does not significantly alter the Re. Household infections are not limited by transmission rate due to the high frequency of connections. For COVID-19's specifications, the Re depends on the non-household transmissions rate. Conclusions. Vaccination and transmission reduction are almost interchangeable. Without vaccination or teaching people how to lower their transmission probability significantly, changing work hours or weekend restrictions will only make people more frustrated.

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Embase; 2022.
Preprint in English | EMBASE | ID: ppcovidwho-338220

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Background Frontline healthcare staff working in the National Health Service (NHS) have been, and continue to be, under a significant level of work related stress as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Long hours and greater clinical need have impacted negatively on work-life balance. The results of our preliminary studies indicate that outdoor swimming may be an effective treatment for anxiety and depression. We therefore hypothesised that the activity could improve symptoms of work-related burnout and stress in NHS workers. The primary objective of this study was to gather feedback from NHS staff participating in supervised swimming sessions that took place in an outdoor pool in London and the sea in Cornwall on the value and effectiveness of this initiative as they perceived it. Methods Following ethical approval (University of Portsmouth Science and Health research ethics committee SHFEC 2021-066), participants who had signed up to outdoor swimming courses provided by NHS Improvement in Cornwall and London were asked to give their consent to participate in an online survey. They were asked to complete them at three time-points: the week prior to, upon completion and six weeks after completion of the outdoor swimming course. As well as being asked for qualitative feedback, participants completed the Short Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Wellbeing Scale and the Copenhagen Burnout Inventory. Results 85 (63.9%) of the 133 Participants who signed up to outdoor swimming courses completed the first survey, 62 (49.6%) the second and 43 (35.5%) the third. 41 (33.8%) completed all three surveys. Overall, there was a 14.8% increase in wellbeing scores when comparing the scores before and after the courses which was statistically significant (p<0.0001, d= 1.02). Compared to scores before the course, the scores at its conclusion were reduced by 25%, 18% and 18% in personal, work-related and client-related burnout respectively. These burnout scores were significantly different for personal (P<0.0001) and work-related burnout (P=0.0018). Qualitative feedback was overwhelmingly positive with the effects being broadly divided into those relating to mood and physical health, the social aspects of the group activity, feelings of achievement and self-care and mindfulness. Conclusion This research suggests that the outdoor swimming activity, as a workplace intervention, can be an effective way of promoting staff wellbeing and reducing personal and work-related burnout. Further, formal trials of this intervention are justified.

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Embase; 2022.
Preprint in English | EMBASE | ID: ppcovidwho-338064

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Background: Vaccination is considered the most effective control measure against COVID-19. Vaccine hesitancy and equitable vaccine allocation are important challenges to disseminating developed vaccines. To promote COVID-19 vaccination coverage, the government of Japan established the workplace vaccination program. However, while it appears that the program was effective in overcoming vaccine hesitancy, the program may have hindered the equitable allocation of vaccines because it mainly focused on employees of large companies. We investigated the relationship between company size and COVID-19 vaccination completion status of employees and the impact of the workplace vaccination program on this relationship. Methods: We conducted an internet-based prospective cohort study from December 2020 (baseline) to December 2021. The data were collected using a self-administered questionnaire survey. Briefly, 27,036 workers completed the questionnaire at baseline and 18,560 at follow-up. After excluding ineligible respondents, we finally analyzed the data from 15,829 participants. At baseline, the participants were asked about the size of the company they worked for, and at follow-up they were asked about the month in which they received their second COVID-19 vaccine dose and the availability of a company-arranged vaccination opportunity. Results: In each month throughout the observation period, the odds of having received a second COVID-19 vaccine dose were significantly lower for small-company employees than for large-company employees in the sex- and age-adjusted model. This difference decreased after adjusting for socioeconomic factors, and there was no significant difference after adjusting for the availability of a company-arranged vaccination opportunity. Conclusions: The workplace vaccination program implemented in Japan to control the COVID-19 pandemic may have been effective in overcoming vaccine hesitancy in workers;however, it may have caused an inequitable allocation of vaccines between companies of different sizes. Because people who worked for small companies were less likely to be vaccinated, it will be necessary to enhance support of vaccination for this population in the event of future infectious disease outbreaks. Trial registration: Not applicable.

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Embase; 2022.
Preprint in English | EMBASE | ID: ppcovidwho-338053

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Introduction A small body of epidemiological research suggests that working in an essential sector is a risk factor for SARS-CoV-2 infection or subsequent disease or mortality. However, there is limited evidence to date on the US, or on how the risks associated with essential work differ across demographic subgroups defined by age, sex, and race/ethnicity. Methods Using publicly available data from the National Center for Health Statistics on deaths occurring in the US in 2020, we calculated per-capita COVID-19 mortality by industry and occupation. We additionally calculated per-capita COVID-19 mortality by essential industry—essential or not—by age group, sex, and race/ethnicity. Results Among non-military individuals and individuals with a known industry or occupation, there were 48,030 reported COVID-19 deaths, representing 25.1 COVID-19 deaths per 100,000 working-age individuals after age standardization. Per-capita age-standardized COVID-19 mortality was 1.96 times higher among essential workers than among workers in non-essential industries, representing an absolute difference of 14.9 per 100,000. Across industry, per-capita age-standardized COVID-19 mortality was highest in the following industries: accommodation and food services (45.4 per 100,000);transportation and warehousing (43.4);agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (42.3);mining (39.6);and construction (38.7). Discussion Given that SARS-CoV-2 is an airborne virus, we call for collaborative efforts to ensure that workplace settings are properly ventilated and that workers have access to effective masks. We also urge for paid sick leave, which can help increase vaccine access and minimize disease transmission.

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International Journal of Networking and Virtual Organisations ; 26(3):231-248, 2022.
Article in English | Scopus | ID: covidwho-1875143

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COVID-19 has shifted everyone to remote work. The paper discusses how employees have overcome various challenges to make most of the benefits of remote work. The benefits of remote work are flexible work arrangements, ease of working, access to global opportunities and positive impact on diversity hiring. The challenges of remote work are access to technology, tackling virtual distance and managing productivity. Exploratory research was conducted with a sample size of 93. Data was analysed using SPSS. The sample comprised of professionals who were working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic. The study verified the hypothesis using Spearman rank order correlation. The respondents are ready to overcome the challenges of remote work because of the benefits which remote work provides. Data verifies that hybrid workplace would enable to open doors for women on career break to reenter workforce. © 2022 Inderscience Enterprises Ltd.

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19th International Web for All Conference, W4A 2022 ; 2022.
Article in English | Scopus | ID: covidwho-1874735

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The social model of disability, accessibility legislation, and the digital transformation spurred by COVID-19 expose a lack of accessibility capacity in the digital workforce, indicating persistent gaps in academic and professional education. This paper reports qualitative research with 30 expert educators in academia and the workplace to consider the relationship between these sectors in building accessibility capacity. Their insights highlight important disconnects and contextual challenges that educators must manage and navigate. Digital accessibility is increasingly recognised as a shared endeavour in the workplace. However, in academia, faculty cultures and disciplinary silos can result in responsibility for accessibility defaulting to individuals. To prepare accessibility-skilled professionals, cross-role education and training is necessary across disciplines. With a focus on teaching and training practices, we highlight the need for academia and the workplace to learn from each other and adapt together to generate pedagogies that will better prepare learners for accessibility practice. © 2022 ACM.

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Pakistan Journal of Commerce and Social Science ; 16(1):50-69, 2022.
Article in English | Scopus | ID: covidwho-1871587

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The study examines the association between psychological contract breach (PCB) and happiness at work and the double mediating role of colleague support and deviant workplace behaviour on the relationship of PCB and happiness at work. structural equation modeling (SEM) has been used to analyze the data of 401 questionnaires from the health sector of Lahore, Pakistan. The study discovered support for the negative relationship between PCB and happiness at the workplace. However, colleague support is reduced in the manifestation of a PCB that reduces happiness at work. Similarly, deviant workplace behaviour has been increased in the presence of psychological contract breaches, causing a reduction in happiness at work. The data for the study was conducted during the time of Pandemic COVID19, where there was an immense level of pressure on the health sector, keeping in mind that schedules of doctors and nurses had been extremely stressful, collection of data and responses was challenging. The input of the study is the incorporation of conservation of resource theory (COR) and social exchange theory (SET) during the pandemic situation. The research also provides both theoretical and practical implications and suggests future areas for supplementary studies. © 2022. All Rights Reserved.

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New Technology Work and Employment ; : 19, 2022.
Article in English | Web of Science | ID: covidwho-1868684

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Why do employees prefer working on-site rather than working from home (WfH)? This article examines how personal concerns at the level of social relationships affect rejection of WfH. Using a large-scale representative survey of employees in Germany (N = 4448), we apply logistic regression analyses to examine, first, the association between employees' social relationships at work and rejection of WfH and, second, the moderating effects of social relations in the private sphere. Results indicate that the quality of the working atmosphere with colleagues and the supervisor is a motive for rejecting WfH, more so for people living alone than for couples and families. Changes in working culture due to widespread use of new technology and digital mobile devices and, not least, the extensive experiences with WfH during the Covid-19 pandemic, highlight the relevance of considering employees' workplace preferences in future research.

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BMC Public Health ; 22(1): 1087, 2022 May 31.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1869076

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BACKGROUND: The rapid introduction of teleworking due to the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic has led to concerns about increases in cyberbullying (CB) worldwide. However, little is known about workplace CB in non-Western countries. The first objective was to clarify the prevalence and characteristics regarding workplace CB victimization in Japan. The second objective was to demonstrate the psychological outcomes of CB victimization in combination with traditional bullying (TB). METHODS: We conducted an anonymous, cross-sectional, Internet-based survey targeting regular employees in Japan (N = 1200) in January 2021. We investigated CB victimization using the Inventory of Cyberbullying Acts at Work and TB victimization by using the Short Negative Act Questionnaire. Possible explanatory factors for TB/CB victimization were sociodemographic variables, personality trait, chronic occupational stress, organizational climate, and gratitude at work. We also measured psychological distress, insomnia, and loneliness to assess adverse effects of workplace bullying. Two-step cluster analysis was used in determining the patterns combined with TB and CB victimization. Hierarchical binomial logistic regression analysis was used. RESULTS: In total, 8.0% of employees reported experiencing CB on a weekly basis. CB victimization was associated with younger age, managerial position, higher qualitative workload, and active information dissemination via the Internet, and frequency of teleworking. Three clusters based on TB and CB victimization patterns were identified: those who belong to the first cluster suffered neither from TB and CB (81.0%), the second cluster suffered only from TB (14.3%), and the third cluster suffered from both TB and CB (4.8%). The third cluster exhibited higher odds ratios (ORs) and 95% confidence intervals (CIs) for psychological distress (OR = 12.63, 95% CI = 4.20-38.03), insomnia (OR = 6.26, 95% CI = 2.80-14.01), and loneliness (OR = 3.24, 95% CI = 1.74-6.04) compared to the first cluster. CONCLUSIONS: These findings firstly clarify the prevalence and correlated factors of CB victimization among employees in Japan. Further, we showed that psychological wellbeing can be impaired by the coexistence of TB and CB. Our research could be the first step to develop the effective countermeasures against workplace CB.


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COVID-19 , Cyberbullying , Occupational Stress , Sleep Initiation and Maintenance Disorders , COVID-19/epidemiology , Cross-Sectional Studies , Humans , Japan/epidemiology , Pandemics , Prevalence , Workplace/psychology
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Strategic Management ; - (00):15, 2022.
Article in English | Web of Science | ID: covidwho-1870043

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There have been a significant number of publications about digital workplace transformation. This is due to technological developments in the last decades as well as the COVID-19 pandemic. However, there is no adequate overall definition of the term. This leads to misunderstandings and confused interpretation of the digital workplace, sometimes even narrowing it down to a set of tools or a platform. Given the complexity of digital workplace transformation, there is a need to have an integrated prospective and analyze it not just from a technological perspective, but from an organizational and processes point of view as well. Therefore, this paper is an attempt to review the concept and offer a comprehensive definition of the digital workplace. This includes all the important aspects of the transformation including tools and platforms as well as personal issues, organization, processes and management. The paper provides a systematic literature review of the publications in leading bibliographic and citation bases, starting from Web of Science and Scopus to SpringerLink, IEEE Xplore and Association for Information Systems eLibrary. The review includes not only journal papers, but also leading proceedings, books and other referent publications. It addresses the authors' approaches, perspectives, terminologies, focusses and understanding of workplace transformation over the last decade by a comprehensive review of the state of art of the literature in the field of digital workplace. Finally, a set of recommendations are made to further research in increasingly important subject of digital workplace transformation.

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13th International Joint Conference on Computational Intelligence (IJCCI) / 13th International Conference on Evolutionary Computation Theory and Applications (ECTA) ; : 460-467, 2021.
Article in English | Web of Science | ID: covidwho-1870002

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The rapid advances in information and communication technologies and the widespread adoption of disruptive technologies such as AI and automated systems are changing the work landscape dramatically and are affecting especially older workers and workers with disabilities. Since 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated some of these changes, widening the unemployment gap for people with disabilities. To facilitate reskilling and upskilling of older workers and people with disabilities we need to create inclusive work environments that consider their evolving needs and capabilities. The Global Public Inclusive Infrastructure (GPII) provides workers, employers and organizations with tools and methods to include accessibility into their practices and policies. The SmartWork project provides a great opportunity to test how Morphic, the auto-personalization from preference solution provided by the GPII, can help building a more inclusive workplace.

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