The New Normal: Prediction of Workplace Belonging in post-Covid Times

dc.contributor.advisorBroeke,ten, Pam
dc.contributor.authorCiroth, Hannah
dc.description.abstract“Belonging” is one of the most fundamental human needs. Because people spend a significant part of their lifetime working, they also strive for belongingness at the workplace. The post-Covid time, however, brought new work designs and ways of working with it which can be described as the “new normal”. This research aimed to re-evaluate the concept of workplace belonging in the context of the new normal by (1) investigating four predictors of workplace belonging (remote work time, inhouse team presence, job autonomy, and desk policy) and (2) testing interactions among chosen predictors for workplace belonging. The model was performed by means of an online survey filled in by 405 employees of a German insurance company and subsequent (hierarchical) regression analyses of the data. Employee’s job autonomy significantly predicted workplace belonging while its sub-component decision-making autonomy was more predictive than work scheduling autonomy. However, no other significant effects could be detected on workplace belonging in the other tested variables (i.e., remote work time, inhouse team presence, desk policy). Interactions among chosen variables could not be identified either. Therefore, this study highlights the importance of job autonomy and the involvement of employees in dynamic times of the new normal. Keywords: new normal, workplace belonging, remote work time, inhouse team presence, job autonomy, desk policy
dc.thesis.facultyFaculteit der Sociale Wetenschappen
dc.thesis.specialisationspecialisations::Faculteit der Sociale Wetenschappen::Psychologie::Master - Arbeid Organisatie en Gezondheid
dc.thesis.studyprogrammestudyprogrammes::Faculteit der Sociale Wetenschappen::Psychologie
dc.titleThe New Normal: Prediction of Workplace Belonging in post-Covid Times
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