Institute of Art Design + Technology
Dún Laoghaire

Jennifer Meagher 

BSc [Hons] Applied Psychology

I am a student of the BSc Applied Psychology at IADT and I am in the Practice route of the program. I am particularly interested in the areas of Educational Psychology and Lifespan Psychology. My goals are to find work in these areas by applying the knowledge and the skills I have gained from studying this course in IADT.

The Effect of Work Environment and Gender on Individuals’ Job Satisfaction during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Recently, a change in circumstances globally has resulted in a change in working environments. The COVID-19 Pandemic has caused organisations to have their employees work from home rather than in the workplace. This study aimed to investigate the effect of work environment and gender on individuals' job satisfaction levels in Ireland during the current circumstances. The study examined the difference in individuals' job satisfaction based on their gender (male or female) and their work environment (working remotely or workplace). A 2×2 factorial, between-groups design was employed to investigate this effect. One hundred and five individuals currently working (48 males and 57 females) completed an online quantitative questionnaire. The Job Satisfaction Survey created by Spector (1985) was employed to measure individuals job satisfaction.

Project Outcomes

The study found no significant difference in individuals job satisfaction levels based on their gender. However, there was a significant difference in individuals job satisfaction levels based on their work environment. This finding supports previous research suggesting that employees encourage the work environment of working remotely. The findings may be applied in organisational settings. Individuals may benefit more from working both remotely and in the workplace because it provides workers with flexibility, allowing them to achieve a better work-life balance and therefore can improve their job satisfaction