The impact of coronavirus and quarantine on Australian public sector organizations

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Abstract

Purpose: The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged leaders to alter the way they manage their organization's employees, such as requiring them to quarantine, self-isolate or practice social distancing so that they comply with government health directives. The purpose of this study is to investigate the impact of the quarantine on the workplace. Design/methodology/approach: Structured interviews containing open-ended questions were conducted with fifty Australian public sector executive managers to gauge the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on their organizations. Findings: The study reveals the effects that the virus had on the organizations' teamwork as well as individuals' learning. It finds that organizations experienced both positive effects, such as increased creativity and initiative, and negative effects, such as reduced satisfaction with work teams, from the pandemic. Originality/value: This study also adds to the still-developing body of knowledge regarding the effects of the virus on individuals' levels of work team satisfaction as well as a variety of other factors specific to public sector organizations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)732-747
Number of pages16
JournalInternational Journal of Public Sector Management
Volume34
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 27 2021

Keywords

  • Australia
  • Coronavirus
  • Creative self-efficacy
  • Creative work involvement
  • Public sector
  • Quarantine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Public Administration
  • Political Science and International Relations
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law

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