There are several studies that show that the COVID-19 pandemic has led to immense physical and mental health distress. Not only did it impact people’s health but it posed a threat to their financial and professional security. The pandemic, in addition to the several socio-economic challenges, resulted in the restructuring of the corporate work environment. It gave rise to work-from-home culture which eventually became the preferred mode of work for many people. However, companies eventually started calling people back into work reducing the flexibility in schedule that was previously available to employees working from home. As a result, the post-pandemic corporate world has seen a rise in the phenomena such as the Great Resignation and Quiet Quitting across various sectors. However, one section of the working class that has yet to be studied extensively comprises of students who are also working full-time or part-time, alongside completing their educational degrees. The toll that the pandemic took on their ability to manage both education and professional work (in many cases, both taking place remotely) needs to be examined in greater detail.

This study looks at the need for flexibility and hands-off management style in the post-pandemic world for student workers who are managing their academic pursuits alongside their professional work requirements, and how this need may be best met through the servant leadership style of management.