Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

An Interpretative Phenomenological Anaylsis Examining How Remote Employees Make Sense of Their Work Environment
by Painter, Ginger, Ph.D., The University of the Rockies, 2017, 149; 10683907
Abstract (Summary)

Stemming from the perception of trust and communication in a remote work environment, the experiences of the employees were analyzed based on three factors of self-efficacy, personal engagement, and interpersonal relationships with their leaders. Using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA), the study employed semi-structured interviews to gain experiential data from nine qualified remote employee participants who had worked remotely one day per week for a minimum of one year. The data were coded and the four themes that surfaced were: (a) the desire to succeed is key to the feeling of mastery in a remote role, (b) performance in a remote role is the result of feeling independent, support from others, and productivity due to less distractions, (c) communication in a remote work environment is vital for justification of role and understanding perceived distances in relationship development, and (d) trust is an essential element in the perception of relationships in a remote work environment. Findings of this study concluded trust and communication are vital components of the perception of self-efficacy, personal engagement, and interpersonal relationships. This study contributed to understanding the psychological conditions necessary to be successful in a remote work environment for both academic and practical knowledge of remote employment.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Hakim, Amy
Commitee: Graham, Paige, Miller-First, Michael
School: The University of the Rockies
Department: Organizational Leadership
School Location: United States -- Colorado
Source: DAI-B 79/03(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Management, Occupational psychology, Organizational behavior
Keywords: Geographically dispersed work environment, Interpersonal relationships, Personal engagement, Remote employee, Self-efficacy, Trust
Publication Number: 10683907
ISBN: 9780355499179
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