College of Science and Health Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award

Spring 6-10-2022

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Jane Halpert, PhD

Second Advisor

Shelly Rauvola, PhD


In this study, several candidate antecedents to job satisfaction and subjective well-being were tested in a sample of remote workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Participants (N = 126) responded to an online survey. Drawing from boundary and person-environment fit theories, the effect of segmentation preferences on these outcomes was tested. Psychological detachment, work-family conflict, and family-work conflict were proposed as distinct candidate mediators in these relationships. Additionally, organizational segmentation culture, trait mindfulness, job demand, and household size were evaluated as potential moderators of these indirect effects. Results largely do not support these moderated-mediation hypotheses. However, segmentation preferences were found to be a generally robust predictor for workers’ adjustments and experiences working remotely. Exploratory analyses revealed several key barriers and challenges when working from home. Several other variables emerged as potentially important antecedents to remote workers’ job satisfaction and well-being, suggesting directions for future research.

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