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Impact of COVID-19 on Faculty and Staff Work Arrangements

Funder: Part of this project is supported by York University's Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

York University Lead Researcher: Kelly Pike (Assistant Professor, Human Resource Management)

Project Team:
David Peetz, Griffith University (Principal Investigator)
Jason Foster, Athabasca University
Johanna Weststar, Western University
Rupa Banerjee, Ryerson University
Scott Walsworth, University of Saskatchewan
Sean O’Brady, McMaster University
Shelagh Campbell, University of Regina

Project Description:

This research is part of the COVID Homeworking for University Staff Survey (CHUSS) project. CHUSS is an international research collaboration examining the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the working arrangements of faculty and staff at universities in Australia and Canada. The project is being led by Professor David Peetz and Emeritus Professor Glenda Strachan at Griffith University and the local research for York University is being led by Assistant Professor Kelly Pike, School of Human Resource Management, on behalf of the Global Labour Research Centre.

Between June – September 2020, similar surveys were administered at seven universities in Australia and seven universities in Canada. At York, the survey “Impact of COVID-19 work at home on York University staff” was conducted in August and September 2020, sent to the all-faculty and all-staff email distribution lists, with a total of 1,292 faculty and staff participating. The survey touches on themes related to preferred arrangements of work, how work arrangements have changed, personal experiences and satisfaction, work expectation, work space, and work environment. Quantitative data analysis is being led by Assistant Professor James Chowhan, School of Human Resource Management.

In a separate but related study, PhD students in the School of Human Resource Management will be conducting qualitative interviews with survey respondents who indicated they would be willing to participate in a follow-up interview, in order to better understand what explains differences in the work factors of interest across individual characteristics such as job role, gender, age, indigenous, visible minority, immigrant status, activity restriction, and care responsibilities.