NUIG and Western Development Commission survey results on remote working

11 May 2020

Remote Working

Researchers from the Whitaker Institute at NUI Galway and the Western Development Commission (WDC) have announced results of a national survey of employees’ experiences of remote working in these unprecedented times.

The top three challenges of working remotely at present are:
1. not being able to switch off from work
2. collaboration and communication with colleagues and co-workers is harder
3. poor physical workspace.

 The top three advantages of working remotely at present are:
1. no traffic and no commute
2. reduced costs of going to work and commuting
3. greater flexibility as to how to manage the working day.

The survey asked the following questions:

  • How are employees adjusting to remote working, what is going well and what changes would employees suggest?
  • How are employees responding to remote working from a well-being perspective?
  • How is remote working impacting employee productivity?
  • What lessons can be learned about remote working that could be retained/sustained post-COVID-19?

This project was led by  Prof Alan Ahearne and Dr Katerina Bohle-Carbonell at NUI Galway’s Whitaker Institute and Tomás Ó Síocháin and Deirdre Frost at WDC .

More information is available here: