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Title: Health Risks Related to COVID-19, Psychological Distress and Perceived Productivity
Authors: Park, S
Koch, M
Issue Date: 12-Jul-2023
Publisher: Wiley on behalf of British Academy of Management
Citation: Park, S. and M. Koch (2023) 'Health Risks Related to COVID-19, Psychological Distress and Perceived Productivity', British Journal of Management, 0 (ahead-of-print), pp. 1 - 22. doi: 10.1111/1467-8551.12751.
Abstract: Copyright © 2023 The Authors. The COVID-19 pandemic has affected the lives of billions around the globe. Yet, our understanding of its impact on psychological distress and work productivity remains limited. Using data from two waves of the Understanding Society COVID-19 study, a representative British survey of reactions to the COVID-19 pandemic, comprising 5829 individuals, we find that perceived health risks related to COVID-19 affect the productivity of working individuals negatively via increased psychological distress. Results also show that the extent of homeworking amplifies the negative relationship between psychological distress and productivity. Additionally, we find that the negative relationship between psychological distress and productivity is stronger for self-employed individuals compared to those who are in paid employment. Psychological distress, self-employment status and gender jointly interact in reducing productivity, such that self-employed women experience the strongest decline in productivity. We discuss the implications of our findings in light of supporting individuals to reduce psychological distress and maintain their productivity following the COVID-19 pandemic.
Description: Data availablity statement: The research data are distributed by the UK Data Service.
ISSN: 1045-3172
Other Identifiers: ORCID iD: Sarah Park; Michael Koch
Appears in Collections:Brunel Business School Research Papers

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