Commentary

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

Citation

Mallett O, Marks A & Skountridaki L (2020) Where does work belong anymore? The implications of intensive homebased working. Gender in Management: An International Journal. https://doi.org/10.1108/GM-06-2020-0173

Abstract
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.

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

Notes
Output Status: Forthcoming/Available Online

Journal
Gender in Management: An International Journal

StatusIn Press
FundersUKRI UK Research and Innovation
Publication date online30/09/2020
Date accepted by journal31/07/2020
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/31510
ISSN1754-2413