Ravi AkulaMahatma Gandhi University , India
Title: Impact of covid-19 pandemic on work life balance of academicians during work from home
During the COVID-19 pandemic, many academicians shifted their working pattern to working from home to maintain social distancing measures and ensure the safety of themselves and their students. This shift had a significant impact on various aspects of academic work. The new working pattern brought several challenges into the lives of academicians such as working more time than usual working hours, distracting working environment etc. In this context an attempt is made to understand the self care methods adopted by the academicians during Work from home and its impact on Work life balance.
The data has been collected from the 436 Academicians who are working in various Junior, Degree Colleges and Universities of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh states. Total seven self care methods were identified and respondents were asked to give their frequency of usage. These self care methods includes Planning of Work well in advance, Setting boundaries on work hours, Practicing yoga and meditation, Spending time with Family, Saying no when they are unable to manage, initiating discussions for institutional adjustments, and seeking adjustments from their family members to establish a harmonious routine. Simple percentages were used to analyse the demographic profile of the respondents and Oneway ANOVA at 5% level of significance was used to assess the effectiveness of these self-care practices in achieving a balance between their professional and personal lives during the work-from-home period.
Total 436 responses received, out of which Junior colleges Faculty are 10.8%, Degree Colleges Lecturers are 52.5% and the remaining 36.7% of the respondents are from Universities. Out of 436 respondents 70% are Men and 30% are Women. Based on Age 21.1% of the respondents were aged below 30 years, 46.1% were aged between 30 to 40 years, 23.2% of the respondents are between 40 to 50 years of age and only 9.6% of the respondents aged above 50 years. Among these 83.5% were married, 16.3% were unmarried, and there was one respondent (.2%) who was a widow/widower. The Oneway ANOVA results highlighted that, majority of the self-care strategies adopted by Academicians during remote work exhibited positive impact. The respondents who actively employed the self care methods were able to manage their personal and professional life well than others during Work from Home as the p value is less than 0.05 in most of the self care methods. However, the only method that didn't show a significant effect was practicing yoga and meditation where the p value is 0.418 which is greater than 0.05. Hence it can be concluded that self care methods helped the most of the academicians to have a better work life balance during work from home and the role of self care methods were played a crucial during work from home pattern.
To be added