What did we learn from the Pandemic
- Working from home was per se not a significant challenge for software engineers
- The quality of social contacts predicted positively, and stress predicted an individual’s well-being negatively when controlling for other variables consistently across both waves
- Boredom and distractions predicted productivity negatively
- Productivity was less strongly associated with all predictor variables at time two compared to time one, suggesting that software engineers adapted to the lockdown situation over time
- Longitudinal analyses did not provide evidence that any predictor variable causal explained variance in well-being and productivity
- No significant gender differences. Women are slightly better with coping strategies (Distractions). Kids at home had low impact
- No significant country differences (US vs UK). Americans are driven more by material-extrinsic work motivation
Russo, D., Hanel, P. H., Altnickel, S., & van Berkel, N. (2021). Predictors of Well-being and Productivity among Software Professionals during the COVID-19 Pandemic-A Longitudinal Study. Empirical Software Engineering.
D. Russo, P.H.P. Hanel, S. Altnickel, N. van Berkel. The Daily Life of Software Engineers during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Proceedings of the 43th International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE’21). IEEE. Madrid, Spain, May 2021.
PanTra (Pandemic Transformation) investigates the most relevant factors to improve Small and medium-sized enterprises’ (SMEs) resilience during a disruptive event, such as the COVID-19 pandemic. The project focuses on three fundamental dimensions:
- organizational factors (e.g., performance)
- personal characteristics (e.g., employees well-being)
- technological factors (e.g., use of technology)
As a result, PanTra will deliver easy-to-read recommendations for Danish and international companies, as also their employees, to cope best with extreme events.
This project is funded by the Carlsberg Foundation under grant agreement number CF20-0322.