New book looking at WFH in Covid pandemic co-written by Coventry University academic - The Coventry Observer

15th Aug, 2022

New book looking at WFH in Covid pandemic co-written by Coventry University academic

Editorial Correspondent 5th Feb, 2021 Updated: 11th Feb, 2021

A NEW book about WFH and agile working in the pandemic has been co-written by an academic and registered occupational psychologist at Coventry University.

‘Agile Working and Well-Being in the Digital Age’  unveils crucial information about how employees can maintain healthy habits, maximise productivity and stay connected to teammates and colleagues despite working from home and experiencing limited direct contact with managers.

And with the working lives, patterns and routines of millions of people across the UK hugely impacted by Covid over the last 10 months, the timing of this new release could not be more apt.

Dr Christine Grant, deputy head of School for Psychological, Social and Behavioural Science at Coventry University, who teamed up with the University of Sussex Business School’s Emma Russell to produce the publication, said: “I was delighted to collaborate with my co-author Emma Russell to produce this innovative book on agile working and wellbeing, offering cutting edge research and insights into the issues facing remote workers whose working lives have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

“Whilst in the short term working from home can seem novel and sometimes enjoyable, in the longer-term wellbeing issues can develop. Our book builds on existing and new literature, and we hope it can help to make a positive difference to the lives and routines of people looking to find a new balance in working from home, as well as aiding future research and practice.”

The book also provides an in-depth understanding of the growing phenomenon of agile working, flexible working through the use of new technology and e-working to meet market needs as well as individual and organisational goals.

How should companies be preparing for post-lockdown futures and what risks face those who are set to work from home for a further extended period, are some of the key questions also addressed.

Emma Russell, Course Director for the MSc Occupational and Organizational Psychology at the University of Sussex Business School, said: “As we look towards our post-pandemic working lives, more and more of us are considering how we can be more agile about how, when and where we work. This new book provides discussion and recommendations to employers and workers about how agile working practices can be adopted.

“It is hoped that this will build understanding about how to work better and smarter to achieve both our goals and a sense of wellbeing in a post-Covid world.”

For more on the book and how to get it click here.

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