Galway researchers launch national remote working survey

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Researchers at NUI Galway have launched the annual remote working in Ireland survey which will gather data on employees’ experiences and preferences for remote working.

The third survey of its kind will explore how remote working has changed employees work and employment experiences.

It is led by Professor Alma McCarthy and Noreen O’Connor at NUI Galway, and Tomás Ó Síocháin and Deirdre Frost at the Western Development Commission.

Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD welcomed the initiative and encouraged workers to take part in the survey.

She said that so much excellent work has been done in the last few years to support remote workers and employers and that it is imperative that momentum is not lost.

“The Government’s Rural Development Policy, Our Rural Future, clearly recognises the vital role that remote working can play in achieving balanced regional development” said Minister Humphreys.

“Remote workers support local economies and sustain communities, and I am determined to do all I can to encourage more to work remotely.

“This survey will help to ensure that we have the data to make the right decisions in this crucial area.”

Professor Alma McCarthy, Professor of Public Sector Management and Head of the J.E. Cairnes School of Business and Economics, NUI Galway, added that the 2020 and 2021 annual surveys were of huge interest to the public, with over 12,000 responses from employees who were working remotely.

“The findings have impacted policy including the national remote working strategy,” said Professor McCarthy.

“The way we work has changed dramatically since the Covid-19 pandemic. It is timely to capture the trends, preferences and career choice impacts two years on.”

The remote working study findings will be available to inform employers about employee experiences of remote working.

The research team will also provide recommendations for employers on how to better manage remote working following the Covid-19 crisis as well as more generally.

To complete the survey, visit