We hope social workers can help to complete our survey at this link: https://survey.sogosurvey.com/r/byg2yd. Respondents would spend about 15-20 minutes to complete the form. All information obtained would be anonymous and only reported at an aggregate level.
Background of study
As you know, Working from home (WFH) is not a new phenomenon. It has been an organisation practice to allow individuals an alternate choice of working arrangement, especially those who have commitments that require them to stay at home. However, the presence of coronavirus (COVID-19) has hastened the process, making WFH a norm more than an exception. Three months after the COVID-19 pandemic that shut down offices, many organisations have concluded that (WFH) is the next best alternative. Indeed, the coronavirus crisis imposed social distancing requirements, forcing companies around the globe to ask millions of workers to WFH (Bodewits 2020).
However, the public reaction has been strange. Many have been keen for WFH arrangements but came to the realisation that the idealised dream of WFH is looking less like the object of their desire. Many individuals have woken up from the fantasy of being able to do anything, anytime, anywhere. People have also realised that the office had some amazing perks, and WFH comes with a whole host of hidden costs and challenges, especially since WFH may be lingering for a prolonged period.
In New Zealand, it is the same too. Social workers, employers and communities are facing challenging circumstances in response to COVID-19. Though social workers are essential services, some may have to work from home especially during the lockdown. During these times, employers must provide support so that social workers can adopt flexible approaches to working without compromising their level of service to the clients, and of course, their own psychological well-being.
Purpose of the research
As such, it would be in every organisation’s interest to understand how WFH may influence the psychological behaviour of individuals, and if there are any ways to address this behaviour. On this note, few researchers have substantiated these relationships empirically. We want to find out what are the appropriate support that organisations can provide to facilitate social workers’ WFH experiences.
As such, we hope social workers can help to complete our survey at this link: https://survey.sogosurvey.com/r/byg2yd. Respondents would spend about 15-20 minutes to complete the form. All information obtained would be anonymous and only reported at an aggregate level.
Once the report is ready, we would (1) contribute an article to the ANZASW e-Newsletter, and (2) conduct a CPD Webinar.
Curtin University Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) has approved this study (HREC number HRE2020-0450). Should you wish to discuss the study with someone not directly involved, in particular, any matters concerning the conduct of the study or your rights as a participant, or you wish to make a confidential complaint, you may contact the Ethics Officer on (08) 9266 9223 or the Manager, Research Integrity on (08) 9266 7093 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.’
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