We Know More Than We Can Zoom: Challenges for Young Professionals During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Anouk Mols, Yosha Wijngaarden, Imke Greven, Marloes van Wijnen

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Abstract

Measures to curb the COVID-19 pandemic forced many young professionals to
work from (often small and sometimes shared) homes. On the basis of in-depth
interviews in the Netherlands, this chapter aims to unpack how working from home in times of COVID-19 affects the whole personhood of young knowledge workers.
Three important insights are provided. First, when it comes to around boundary
sculpting practices, many respondents’ boundary negotiations between personal
and professional spheres entail personal, collective, temporal, and spatial borders.
Second, interpersonal connections prove to be of vital importance because a lack
of face-to-face interactions not only causes a lack of interpersonal contact and
emotional connection to colleagues, but also a lack of tacit knowledge. Third,
additional spheres like the public sphere are crucial for providing motivation and
inspiration. This research shows that working from home can be detrimental to the whole personhood of young professionals.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWhole Person Promotion, Women, and the Post-Pandemic Era
Subtitle of host publicationImpact and Future Outlooks
EditorsMichelle Crosby, Julianna Faludi
PublisherIGI Global
Chapter6
Pages115-141
Number of pages27
ISBN (Electronic)9781668423660
ISBN (Print)9781668423653
Publication statusPublished - May 2022

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