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Tietze and Musson (2010) warn of values of industrial production invading one’s personal life. In their study involving three case studies, all of the protagonists had to find practical solutions to working from home such as the setting up of routines and tasks for carrying out home tasks as well as work tasks. In the case of Tom (case study) his identities were challenged both as a father and a manager. In Deirdre’s case, her identity becomes more forged in the domestic environment, where she develops new routines and the professional practices which had been her main priority now have become less important. While Deirdre does not leave aside her identity from the world of work, she “discovers” new aspects of “who she is” or “who she might become”. In her case we see changing identities where the domestic element of Deirdre’s sense of self come to the fore (Tietze and Musson, 2010, p153). Carrying out paid work from home offers not just the possibility of work/home balance but there are questions of identity “which are central to understanding the mutually, constitutive relationship between domestic and professional spheres of life” (Tietze and Musson, 2010, p154). Clearly, there is a need for people to come to an understanding of this way of working from the perspective of their overall lives and especially in light of the home, which influences every aspect of our lives, particularly our health and well-being.
Teleworkers are physical, temporal, behavioral and communicative. Even though 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. (Basile and Beauregard, 2016). The limitation to the study conducted by the aforementioned authors, is that it lacks generalizability to teleworkers in organizations with “always on " cultures who may experience greater pressure to allow work to permeate the home boundary (Basile and Beauregard, 2016). Hayman (2010) in a study of 336 employees found that flextime was more helpful in decreasing role overload and work/life balance issues than teleworking.
When work and home activities take place in the same physical space, physical, temporal and psychological boundaries between work and home can become blurred. There is some research which indicates that teleworkers work longer hours (Harker, Martin and MacDonnell, 2012). Employees vary in how they keep work and activities outside work separate or overlapping
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