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Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic has influenced various aspects of our lives and triggered many long-term consequences. The actual well-being of women IT employees is in danger due to the prolonged period of work from home as the pandemic has influenced individuals differently across the world. Physical distancing, dread, vulnerability, and a continued period of remote working has prompted an enormous number of women in the IT sector to experience challenges to emotional well-being. Work-related pressure is one of the major sources of stress in the modern working environment. Stress and unfavorable working conditions have been connected to low efficiency, truancy, and increasing rates of mishaps in and out of work. This is largely due to ailments, substance abuse, and family issues experienced by a large number of work-from-home women software company employees. Extended period of work from home can disturb women and their mental health as they try to strike a work-life balance. The purpose of this research is to examine the impact of occupational stress factors on the mental health of the women software professionals working remotely in urban Bangalore during the COVID-19 pandemic. The exploratory factor analysis identifies that Workload, Job Insecurity, Poor Work Environment, Personal Problems, and Lack of Structure as the main five factors of occupational stress while working from home for women IT employees in urban Bangalore. Multiple regression analysis undertaken in the study indicates that the relationship between the five factors of Occupational Stress and Mental Health is negatively significant with an inverse relationship.

Note on the Author

Subha holds a doctorate in management and is currently working as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Management, Kristu Jayanti College Bangalore, India. She has a total work experience of 17 years in Teaching, Industry & Research. She strives to enhance the self-esteem of young women and empower them in making pertinent decisions. The author can be contacted at subha@krstujayanti.com

Madhusudhanan R is working as Assistant Professor in the Department of Management Studies, Kristu Jayanti College, Bangalore. With a strong ideology that educational institutions are the revolutionary workshops to bring changes in society, he has published several research articles in the field of Economics and Finance and has served as facilitator in different institutions.

Ajai Abraham Thomas is working as Assistant Professor in the Department of Management Studies, Kristu Jayanti College, Bangalore. He has a wide experience of 15 + years in both industry and academia. He has published various articles and books in the area of marketing and human resource. Mr. Ajai completed an Academic Internship program at Indian Institute of Management, assisting Professors of the Institute in academic and research support.

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