Pandemic-Induced Telework Challenges and Strategies. Academic Article uri icon


  • UNLABELLED: Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, telework was an established discretionary practice with a considerable amount of research. However, the COVID-19 pandemic forced people who had never worked from home before to do so. Our two-wave descriptive investigation provides a historical snapshot of what approximately 400 teleworkers experienced in the first two to three months of the pandemic. We explored how this experience differed for those who had previously teleworked, those who had children in their home, and those who had supervisory responsibilities. The data exposed telework challenges and pandemic-specific challenges. The results support job crafting theories that teleworkers proactively implement strategies to adjust their boundaries and relationships to meet their need (Biron et al., Personnel Review, 2022). The data also revealed that employees were still struggling two months later, despite implementing strategies like self-care, taking breaks, and psychological reframing. This research provides detailed evidence of how pandemic-induced telework is not the same as traditional telework and some initial evidence of the pandemic-induced telework adjustment time period. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The online version contains supplementary material available at 10.1007/s41542-023-00151-1.

published proceedings

  • Occup Health Sci

altmetric score

  • 1

author list (cited authors)

  • Greer, T. W., Payne, S. C., & Thompson, R. J.

citation count

  • 0

complete list of authors

  • Greer, Tomika W||Payne, Stephanie C||Thompson, Rebecca J

publication date

  • May 2023