Horizon CDT Research Highlights

Research Highlights

Investigating how digital technologies can be used to support remote workers' wellbeing

  Emma Gentry (2021 cohort)

The Covid-19 pandemic has taken a significant toll on workers around the world. Common mental health disorders, such as depression and anxiety, have risen drastically over the last two years, which, in some cases, has been attributable to the way in which Covid-19 forced a sudden lifestyle change upon the working population. With vast numbers of people continuing to work from home, vital research is needed to understand how remote employees can be best supported through digital means. The current PhD first aims to understand how appropriate gamification elements affect employees’ experiences with digital wellbeing platforms, in order to establish a balance between intrinsic (self-driven) and extrinsic (reward-based) motivators. Using this information, the PhD will investigate the extent to which co-created digital wellbeing resources are valuable to employees and managers/HR alike in the context of remote working. The resource aims to give people more control, not only over internal factors influencing their workplace wellbeing, but also external factors by enabling them to have greater autonomy over their working lives. It will integrate contextual factors (e.g., relationships; working patterns; digital wellbeing) into these co-created designs to encapsulate people’s trajectories in today’s flexible working climate.

This author is supported by the Horizon Centre for Doctoral Training at the University of Nottingham (UKRI Grant No. EP/S023305/1).