The Effect of Remote Working on Employees Performance amidst Corona Virus Pandemic: A Case of Selected Organizations in Chipata District, Zambia


Authors : Dr. Sunday Silungwe

Volume/Issue : Volume 5 - 2020, Issue 12 - December

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The main objective of the study was to establish the effect of remote working on employees’ performance amidst corona virus pandemic in Chipata district and to answer the main research question on: How effective was remote working on employees’ performance amidst corona virus in Chipata District? The COVID-19 pandemic has abruptly and radically turned over the working world, making unforeseen business and leadership challenges. The speedy move to remote work has resulted on other challenges for organizations. Effectual accomplishment measurement, administration, and accountability are always a challenge. In this abruptly, almost, completely virtual world, where it is much easier for employees to become almost imperceptible, it turns out to be a stumbling block to be familiar with and compensate immense accomplishment and also transact with accomplishment challenges. The mixed method approach of the study was informed by the philosophical assumption of pragmatism. Convergence parallel was the strategy of the mixed method approach. The target population was active organizations and the sample size was 38 employees, selected by purposive sampling method. The questionnaire was used to collect quantitative and qualitative data. Quantitative data were analyzed through required statistical parameters and qualitative data were analyzed through analogous of themes and patterns. The findings were that majority of the employees understood the concept of remote working. Further, remote working improved employees’ performance. Subsequently, remote working proved to be challenging in terms of technology dependence, internet connection and machine malfunction, not effective in all cases, distractions, commitment, screen fatigue, and work-life balance.

Keywords : Corona Virus Pandemic, Effect, Employee Performance, Remote Working.

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