In Pandemic Times: An Analysis from the Perspective of Public and Private Employees in the Home Office

Maria Clarice Alves da Costa, Sandra da Cruz Garcia do Espírito Santo, Tomás Daniel Menéndez Rodríguez


The Covid-19 pandemic was like a tsunami for companies. Before, an environment marked by the electronic punch clock, with limited hours, and then, public and private employees had to stay in their homes and deliver the same or more productivity to their companies. Due to this new global reality, this study was proposed with the objective of understanding how public and private employees perceive work in the home office during the pandemic period. For this understanding, the study used qualitative methodological procedures with exploratory characteristics. With appropriate consent, questionnaires were answered through the WhatsApp, which were answered through audio and subsequently validated by company participants, in a total of 28 participants, fourteen from the public company and fourteen from the private company, of both genders. The questionnaire consisted of a structured script with 18 questions, and was divided into two stages. In the first, there are questions about personal data and the second, questions about digital settlement. As a result, there was disbelief that the disease could reach Brazil; the level of anxiety by most employees of public and private companies; the difficulty of dealing with the new work environment, the family and the new discovery that one can work at home and reaching the goals. The understanding of working in a home office in a time of pandemic is that a new scenario will light up in companies, through demand from employees, to continue exercising their activities in a family environment, which will require new concepts of people management.

Keywords: Pandemic. Home office. Public and private employees.

DOI: 10.7176/RHSS/11-10-01

Publication date:May 31st 2021

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