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Changes in the labour market: the perceptions of Romanian employees regarding the use of telework in the post-pandemic period

Mirela Cătălina Türkeş (Faculty of Marketing, Bucharest University of Economic Studies, Bucharest, Romania)
Aurelia Felicia Stăncioiu (Faculty of Marketing, Bucharest University of Economic Studies, Bucharest, Romania)
Mihai Cristian Orzan (Faculty of Marketing, Bucharest University of Economic Studies, Bucharest, Romania)
Mariana Jugănaru (Faculty of Economic Sciences, Ovidius University of Constanta, Constanta, Romania)
Roxana-Cristina Marinescu (Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, University of Craiova, Craiova, Romania)
Ion Dănuț Jugănaru (Faculty of Economic Sciences, Ovidius University of Constanta, Constanta, Romania)

Employee Relations

ISSN: 0142-5455

Article publication date: 21 February 2024

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Abstract

Purpose

Almost four years after the COVID-19 pandemic, the changes in the labour market and legislation, but also in people's lives, do not stop. At the same time, employees' perceptions regarding the change in the legislative and contractual framework, as well as in the working conditions and the use of telework, also change. Therefore, the aim of the paper is to identify the perceptions of employees regarding the use of telework in the post-pandemic period.

Design/methodology/approach

The research was based on a survey carried out on 128 teleworkers in the post-pandemic period. The statistical hypotheses were tested using Kolmogorov–Smirnov and Kruskal–Wallis tests, multiple linear regression and pairwise comparison analysis.

Findings

The results of the study demonstrate that the modification of the legislative and contractual framework and of the working conditions, as well as of the way of using information and communication technology in the post-pandemic era, generates a positive and significant impact on the use of telework by employees. Some of the main advantages valued by teleworkers included the possibility of benefitting from a flexible work schedule and the possibility of reducing transport costs.

Originality/value

The study highlights the need to continuously develop and update labour policies and strategies in line with current and future labour market requirements, considering the implications of telework on the perceptions of employees, so that government organisations and managers who want to protect the rights and interests of teleworkers, aspects of their lives and organise an appropriate work environment manage to do so in order to achieve the expected results.

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Citation

Türkeş, M.C., Stăncioiu, A.F., Orzan, M.C., Jugănaru, M., Marinescu, R.-C. and Jugănaru, I.D. (2024), "Changes in the labour market: the perceptions of Romanian employees regarding the use of telework in the post-pandemic period", Employee Relations, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/ER-06-2023-0317

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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