Date of Defense

4-19-2019

Date of Graduation

4-2019

Department

Marketing

First Advisor

Melissa Intindola

Second Advisor

Robert Stewart

Abstract

In business, a remote worker consists of an individual that does their day to day work from an environment that is out of the office. Some employees work remotely 1-2 days a week; other times, it is remote work all the time. Different generations may view remote work differently. Some may find it to be a blessing, others a curse. This report will discover what generations are best suited for remote work, and which are better off in the office. The organization begins with defining who a remote worker is. Next, there are the benefits of having a remote worker and how we know they will be effective. Then transition into the different generational groups, what each one is like in a work environment, and their values. The next phase looks at Generation X and Baby Boomers to see if they would be strong candidates for remote work, the same is done for Millennials. After that, we focus on the four interviews that were done with various professionals in the remote work industry. Topics include who they are, their definition of a remote worker, the transition into a remote worker, and the pros and cons. The explanations continue to qualities necessary to be a strong remote worker and who the successful and unsuccessful generations are. There is mention of an intriguing outlier, then there is information on stereotypes of the older and younger generational groups. Next, problems with the interviews are discussed. These problems include personal relationships, lack of interviews, miscommunication, and explanation of the study. The last section includes the 36 responses from the survey. This discusses the range of generational groups and their beliefs. The problems include low responses, poor communication, better questions, and a better pool of surveyors. Lastly, the document features who the ideal remote worker truly is, suggestions, and a conclusion.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Restricted

Restricted to Campus until

6-14-2020

Available for download on Saturday, June 13, 2020

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