What is it about?
During the COVID-19 pandemic, working from home (WFH) became a new norm despite such a working arrangement is less favorable in Indonesia in the past. The enforced WFH practice may decrease employees' productivity because potential increased of stressors. Using an online survey, we collected 472 data of Indonesian employees. We used the Depression, Anxiety, and Stress Scale (DASS) to measure employees' well-being and the Individual Work Performance Questionnaire to evaluate their productivity. We found that Indonesian employees reported relatively low stress in parallel with high self-reported productivity. Our data support that mental well-being is a strong predictor of work performance.
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Why is it important?
We provide preliminary data on the implementation of WFH or telework in a developing country, Indonesia which was not popular in the past, particularly due to challenges such as high context culture, lack of equipment to perform the jobs, and limited internet connection. This study provides insight into the potential implementation of WFH as a future working arrangement in Indonesia after the pandemic. Organizations should identify the occupational and individual characteristics which are suitable for such working practice as well as mitigate the stressors to maintain employees work-related outcomes.
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This page is a summary of: Work from home: Indonesian employees' mental well-being and productivity during the COVID-19 pandemic, International Journal of Workplace Health Management, May 2021, Emerald, DOI: 10.1108/ijwhm-08-2020-0152.
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