Purpose: The impact of the novel coronavirus disease (covid 19) has been felt by all nations, organisations and individuals across the world. The pandemic has adverse effects on emotional and mental health. In order to combat the effects and spread of covid 19, organisations have introduced Flexible Working Systems (FWS) allowing employees to work from home. As such this study aims to explore the dynamics of implementing Flexible Working Practices (FWP) in Sub-Saharan Africa during the covid 19 pandemic. Furthermore, this study aims to
explore the procedural and distributive inequalities in the implementation of FWS between senior management, middle management and junior employees.
Design Methodology/Approach: Qualitative study methodology was used to ascertain how organisations implement the FWS during the covid 19 pandemic. Data was collected from public sector organisations using interviews. Content analysis was used as an analytic tool for the social phenomenon under study.
Findings: The study revealed that there are distributive and procedural injustices in the implementation of FWP in public sectors. Senior and middle management employees are the main beneficiaries of FWP. The study further revealed a higher number of covid 19 infections laying in junior employees. Technology was highly linked to the challenges of implementing FWS effectively.
Originality Value: The findings of this study demonstrate the dynamic issues faced in the implementation of FWS in the Sub- Saharan African context in the quest to combat the covid-19 pandemic, an area lacking empirical research in the African context.
Limitations: The study is limited on the generalization of the findings to the entire Sub-Saharan Africa.
Keywords: Flexible Working System, Covid 19, Sub-Sharan Africa, Procedural Justice, Distributive Justice