Proceedings of The 3rd International Conference on New Trends in Social Sciences
Working from home – experiences and attitudes of Croatian engineers
Luka Bulian, Ivana Čavar, and Nikša Dubreta
This paper deals with the sociocultural aspects of working from home, as an increasingly common form of work organization and employment among Croatian engineers. Engineers, as employees whose work is strongly mediated by the growth of technology and corresponding managerial strategies, represent a group that, in the age of growing flexibility, increasingly find themselves integrating paid work into their household. This trend has become even more prominent during the COVID-19 pandemic, when remote work at first became mandatory for the majority of workers, remaining so even today, in a more or less obligatory form. Considering this prevalence of remote work, the main objective of this paper was to single out the key organizational advantages and difficulties that engineers associate with that form of employment. This was done through a preliminary survey on a non-probabilistic sample (N=158) gathering the information on respondents’ experiences, attitudes, and overall satisfaction with remote work. The study focused on several aspects of work: organization of workspace and working hours and its supervision and control, work-life balance, productivity, and satisfaction. Although preliminary, research-based insights of this paper contribute to a better understanding of this aspect of flexibility in the work of engineers in Croatia and expand opportunities for (re)organizing their work in a way that would benefit both employed engineers and organizations.
keywords: organization, productivity, satisfaction, supervision, work-life balance.