Why men and women choose telecommuting

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Title Why men and women choose telecommuting
Author Thompson, Briony
Publication Title Combined Abstracts of 2005 Australian Psychology Conferences
Editor Simon Crowe
Year Published 2005
Place of publication Melbourne
Publisher The Australian Psychological Society
Abstract Compared to other flexible work practices such as flexitime, telecommuting imports work into the home environment, with potential spillover effects. A qualitative study investigated gender differences in reasons for choice of telecommuting, and perceived advantages and disadvantages of this work practice. Focus groups of employees in a public sector department (male telecommuters, female telecommuters, male non-telecommuters, female non-telecommuters) were interviewed and audio-taped. Six months later, male and female telecommuters were re-interviewed. Content analysis developed themes, with the salience or importance of each theme represented by the percentage of comments on that theme. Lifestyle and time management were the most salient advantages, but were less salient after telecommuting, suggesting that benefits are less than predicted. The most salient disadvantage was communication issues, suggesting concerns maintaining adequate communication with clients and colleagues. Men were more concerned than women that family may interfere with work, with a comparison of results before and after telecommuting suggesting that men may over-estimate, and women under-estimate this difficulty. Women were more concerned about potential spillover of work to family, and this was particularly an issue for women choosing not to accept the telecommuting option.
Peer Reviewed No
Published Yes
ISBN ISSN 0004-9530
Conference name 5th UQ Symposium on Organisational Psychology
Location Brisbane
Date From 2005-06-04
Date To 2005-06-04
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/9846
Date Accessioned 2005-12-22
Language en_AU
Faculty Griffith Health Faculty
Subject Industrial and Organisational Psychology
Publication Type Conference Publications (Extract Paper)
Publication Type Code e3

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