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

Oliver Mallett, Abigail Marks, Lila Skountridaki

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Abstract

Purpose
The purpose of this paper, a “thought piece”, is to consider the everyday realities of homebased working and the implications for work during a global pandemic and beyond.

Design/methodology/approach
The authors 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, the authors consider the implications of homebased working during and after the COVID-19 pandemic in terms of gender.

Findings
The authors 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/value
The authors 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.
Original languageEnglish
JournalGender in Management: An International Journal
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 7 Sep 2020

Keywords

  • homebase working
  • telework
  • work-life balance
  • COVID-19

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