When control becomes a liability rather than an asset: Comparing home and office days among part-time teleworkers

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Abstract

Past research has mainly examined differences between employees working under conventional versus teleworking arrangements or high-intensity versus low-intensity teleworking. Yet because many workers combine days worked from the office with days worked from home (part-time telework), it may be more appropriate to examine within-individual variation in office versus home days. Accordingly, we compare diary data from 77 employees on three home days and three office days. This setup enables us to contribute to the theoretical debate on the duality of control and accountability. Specifically, by comparing job locations (home versus office), we identify conditions under which job control (worktime control) is more likely to act as an asset or as a liability. Results suggest that ability to concentrate is higher and need for recovery is lower, on home days than on office days. However, on home days, generally high level of worktime control amplifies the association between job demands and need for recoverywhereas this association is reversed when worktime control is generally moderate. No similar differences are observed on office days. Finally, whereas employees experiencing high job demands are more able to concentrate during home days than during office days, worktime control has no differential effect in this respect. Copyright (c) 2016 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1317-1337
JournalJournal of Organizational Behavior
Volume37
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2016

Keywords

  • alternative work arrangements
  • job demands
  • job control
  • telework
  • STUDENT-RECRUITED SAMPLES
  • 2-YEAR PROSPECTIVE COHORT
  • EMPLOYEE WORKTIME CONTROL
  • DEMANDS-RESOURCES MODEL
  • JOB DEMANDS
  • OCCUPATIONAL DIFFERENCES
  • BOUNDARY MANAGEMENT
  • DECISION LATITUDE
  • PERCEIVED CONTROL
  • SICKNESS ABSENCE

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When control becomes a liability rather than an asset : Comparing home and office days among part-time teleworkers. / Biron , M.; van Veldhoven, M.J.P.M.

In: Journal of Organizational Behavior, Vol. 37, No. 8, 11.2016, p. 1317-1337.

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