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The Importance of Self-Leadership Strategies and Psychological Safety for Well-Being in the Context of Enforced Remote Work

Work Research Centre, Tampere University, 33014 Tampere, Finland
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Challenges 2022, 13(1), 14; https://doi.org/10.3390/challe13010014
Received: 22 December 2021 / Revised: 18 March 2022 / Accepted: 22 March 2022 / Published: 4 April 2022
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Challenges in Work and Employment during the COVID-19 Pandemic)
This study examines the relationship between self-leadership strategies and occupational well-being and whether psychological safety has moderated these relationships in the context of enforced remote work caused by COVID-19. Altogether, 2493 higher education employees, most of whom were working entirely remotely due to the pandemic, responded to an electronic survey in May 2021. Hierarchical multiple linear regression analyses were conducted as the main method of analysis. The results showed that goal-oriented and well-being-related self-leadership strategies as well as psychological safety were positively related to meaningfulness of work and negatively to job burnout. Psychological safety moderated the relation between goal-oriented self-leadership strategies and meaningfulness of work. The study presents much-needed novel knowledge about self-leadership and psychological safety in the context of remote work and sheds light on the interrelatedness between self-leadership strategies, psychological safety, and occupational well-being. It presents a novel category of well-being-related self-leadership strategies and contributes to the measurement of both self-leadership and psychological safety. In order to both enable sufficient well-being and facilitate flourishing at work, it is imperative to support employees in learning and applying diverse self-leadership strategies as well as ensure psychological safety at workplace, especially in post-pandemic multi-locational work. View Full-Text
Keywords: self-leadership; psychological safety; COVID-19; remote work; multi-locational work; well-being; meaningfulness; burnout; work and organizational psychology; occupational health self-leadership; psychological safety; COVID-19; remote work; multi-locational work; well-being; meaningfulness; burnout; work and organizational psychology; occupational health
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Sjöblom, K.; Juutinen, S.; Mäkikangas, A. The Importance of Self-Leadership Strategies and Psychological Safety for Well-Being in the Context of Enforced Remote Work. Challenges 2022, 13, 14. https://doi.org/10.3390/challe13010014

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Sjöblom K, Juutinen S, Mäkikangas A. The Importance of Self-Leadership Strategies and Psychological Safety for Well-Being in the Context of Enforced Remote Work. Challenges. 2022; 13(1):14. https://doi.org/10.3390/challe13010014

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Sjöblom, Kirsi, Soile Juutinen, and Anne Mäkikangas. 2022. "The Importance of Self-Leadership Strategies and Psychological Safety for Well-Being in the Context of Enforced Remote Work" Challenges 13, no. 1: 14. https://doi.org/10.3390/challe13010014

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