Institute of Art Design + Technology
Dún Laoghaire

Emer Curran 

BSc [Hons] Applied Psychology

I am soon to have completed my BSc in Applied Psychology at IADT which has given me a deeper understanding into human behaviour and an appreciation for our capabilities and potential. My interest areas are within positive and abnormal psychology. My goal is to continue my studies and build a career helping others, potentially in the field of mental health. For my final year project I was interested in exploring the work environment of community pharmacies and the impact COVID-19 had on workers well-being.

Project Description

Title: Positive workplace factors that contributed to pharmacy worker's well-being during COVID-19

Project Objectives

The COVID-19 pandemic changed the daily lives of many individuals globally, spurring a surge of research into the negative implications. The current study aimed to investigate a gap in the literature that focused on positive factors in the workplace that contributed to the well-being of pharmacy workers supporting them in these unprecedented times. A qualitative survey was distributed online to community pharmacy workers in Ireland (n=23).

Project Outcomes

The adverse impact of the COVID-19 pandemic was evident in the analysis however despite the difficult situation, positive experiences were also identified. The results indicated that meaningful work, positive co-worker relations and personal growth positively contributed to pharmacy workers’ well-being. Factors outside of work such as exercise were also important to help restore well-being.