Strategies for successful telework: how effective employees manage work/home boundaries

Basile, Kelly A. and Beauregard, T. Alexandra (2016) Strategies for successful telework: how effective employees manage work/home boundaries. Strategic HR review, 15 (3). pp. 106-111. ISSN 1475-4398

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Abstract

Purpose: This paper aims to 1) identify strategies used by successful teleworkers to create and maintain boundaries between work and home, and 2) determine how these strategies relate to employee preferences for segmentation or integration of work and home.

Design/methodology/approach: Forty in-depth, face-to-face interviews were conducted with employees working from home either occasionally (occasional teleworkers), between 20-50% of the workweek (partial teleworkers), or the majority of the time (full teleworkers).

Findings: Teleworkers use physical, temporal, behavioural and communicative strategies to recreate boundaries similar to those found in office environments. While teleworkers can generally develop strategies that align boundaries to their preferences for segmentation or integration, employees with greater job autonomy and control are better able to do so.

Research limitations: A limitation of this research is its potential lack of generalizability to teleworkers in organizations with “always-on” cultures, who may experience greater pressure to allow work to permeate the home boundary.

Practical implications: These findings can encourage organizations to proactively assess employee preferences for boundary permeability before entering a teleworking arrangement. The boundary management tactics identified can be used to provide teleworkers struggling to establish comfortable boundaries with tangible ideas to regulate interactions between home and work.

Originality/value: This research makes a significant contribution to practitioner literature by applying a boundary management framework to the practice of teleworking, which is being adopted by organizations with increasing frequency.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > Business School > Leadership, Work and Organisations
Item ID: 19082
Notes on copyright: Attached full text is an author accepted manuscript version of an article published in Strategic HR review; made available in this repository in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy.
Depositing User: Alexandra Beauregard
Date Deposited: 01 Apr 2016 09:18
Last Modified: 01 Jun 2019 10:25
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/19082

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