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The Daily Life of Software Engineers during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Russo, Daniel and Hanel, Paul HP and Altnickel, Seraphina and van Berkel, Niels (2021) The Daily Life of Software Engineers during the COVID-19 Pandemic. In: 2021 IEEE/ACM 43rd International Conference on Software Engineering: Software Engineering in Practice (ICSE-SEIP), 2021-05-23 - 2021-05-29, Virtual. (In Press)

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Abstract

Following the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdowns, software engineers' daily life was disrupted and abruptly forced into remote working from home. This change deeply impacted typical working routines, affecting both well-being and productivity. Moreover, this pandemic will have long-lasting effects in the software industry, with several tech companies allowing their employees to work from home indefinitely if they wish to do so. Therefore, it is crucial to analyze and understand how a typical working day looks like when working from home and how individual activities affect software developers' well-being and productivity. We performed a two-wave longitudinal study involving almost 200 globally carefully selected software professionals, inferring daily activities with perceived well-being, productivity, and other relevant psychological and social variables. Results suggest that the time software engineers spent doing specific activities from home was similar when working in the office. However, we also found some meaningful mean differences. The amount of time developers spent on each activity was unrelated to their well-being, perceived productivity, and other variables. We conclude that working remotely is not per se a challenge for organizations or developers.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: Published proceedings: Proceedings - International Conference on Software Engineering
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health
Faculty of Science and Health > Psychology, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 02 Mar 2021 16:08
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2022 01:36
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/29469

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