Where does work belong anymore? The implications of intensive homebased working



Mallett O, Marks A & Skountridaki L (2020) Where does work belong anymore? The implications of intensive homebased working. Gender in Management: An International Journal.

Purpose: The purpose of this ‘thought piece’ is to consider the everyday realities of homebased working and the implications for work during a global pandemic and beyond. Approach: We present a conceptual framework for considering the domestic sphere as a social space and apply this framework to consider the existing evidence base on homebased working. In particular, we consider the implications of homebased working during and after the COVID-19 pandemic in terms of gender. Findings: We identify key challenges in relation to flexibility, work intensification and socio-economic differences. Consideration of these areas highlights the potential pitfalls and challenges that are likely to persist as many organisations begin to plan for an increase in homebased working. Originality: We argue that some commentators have been too quick to celebrate the apparent successes of the sudden, unplanned move to intensive homebased working. Important differences in occupation, gender and other socio-economic factors will have important implications for the experience of homebased working for many workers and their co-residents.

Homebased working; telework; work-life balance; COVID-19

Output Status: Forthcoming/Available Online

Gender in Management: An International Journal

StatusIn Press
FundersUKRI UK Research and Innovation
Publication date online07/09/2020
Date accepted by journal31/07/2020

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Professor Oliver Mallett

Professor Oliver Mallett

Professor of Entrepreneurship, Management, Work and Organisation