A Healthy Work Environment in the Slovenian Hotel Industry: Views of Employees Affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic

Metod Šuligoj

Abstract


Previous research has mostly overlooked the hotel employee-
-related perspectives on (occupational) health, including its
relation to pandemics (such as COVID-19). This research
examines this perspective focusing on the case of the
Slovenian hotel industry. An anonymous web questionnaire, as
the only practical option, was sent during the lockdown to
potential respondents from hotels throughout the country. For
the analysis, the following approaches were employed:
univariate analysis, the check of reliability and confidence
intervals for the means, principal component analysis with
Varimax rotation, and Spearman's and Pearson's rank-order
correlations. The majority of respondents changed their
attitude towards health during the pandemic (χ2 = 2.66).
Using PCA, dimensionality-reduction of the dataset was
implemented. A five-component solution, in which
components account for 60.3% of the total variance, was
identified. Due to low rs and rp, all components are negligibly
correlated to demographic characteristics as well as to the
respondents' changing health concerns due to COVID-19.


Keywords


hotel industry; employees; COVID-19 pandemic; occupational health; Slovenia

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