The influence of remote work on work-life balance
How does remote work affect employee's work life balance, and what does this and ICT's mean for the border between the professional life and the private life?
Thesis project description
We wish to examine how remote/hybrid work has influenced employees' work life balance and has had an impact on the border between the two worlds/spheres, the professional life and the private life. Information and communication technologies (ICT) and communication platforms such as Zoom and Microsoft Teams have helped to enable remote/hybrid work, which may have had an impact on employees' work life balance among other things, and may have forced the movement from the disciplinary society to the project society. Especially after the COVID-19 pandemic, remote / hybrid work has become widespread.
Remote work may influence employees' work life balance, the social and cultural norms etc. At the same time, this can affect the border between professional life and private life, where employees may experience that this border is blurred as remote work is becoming more widespread.
Therefore, we wish to examine how remote work affect employee's work life balance, and what this and ICT's mean for the border between the professional life and the private life.
Managerial value of the research
Our thesis could potentially have a great impact on future knowledge regarding remote work within companies. We can contribute with new insights regarding remote work, so companies know how to accede to the challenges in the future, and therefore support employees' with a healthy work-life balance. Furthermore, out thesis can provide with a focus on remote work, which may have been of less attention before, and with our competencies we can provide you with important knowedge through this collaboration. We believe this will be very valuable and of great competitive advantage.
Research topic motivation
We find this topic very interesting, as it is extremely relevant, both for our education (Communication and IT) and for the society. ICTs has become extremely integrated within companies in the last couple of years, which means that companies has to find a way to implement these in a succesful manner. Furthermore, expecially after the COVID-19 pandemic, remote work has become widespread, with companies using this more and more, and it seems that remote work has come here to stay. This means that the work in general is ever-evolving, which makes it so interesting to us. We also find the aspect regarding the shift from the disciplinary society to a project society very interesting, as this will affect many aspects moving forward. Lastly, we wish to work together with a company, as this gives us the opportunity to collaborate with employees' with a lot of experience within the field.
Why collaborate with us
We have worked together for the last 1,5 years and has written many projects together. We work very well together, and would love to bring that to your company as well. We have experience with working together with a company, and got great feedback from previous collaborations. Furthermore, we both find this topic extremely interesting, we have written about similar areas before, and are both fairly sure this is what we want to work with after our thesis. This makes us very motivated. Lastly, given our education we have the knowledge and competencies to carry out this project, and in this way contribute to useful insights for you. We would like to finish strong and knock this thesis out of the park.
16 to 21 weeks.
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