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

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Oliver Mallett, Professor Abigail Marks


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© 2020, Emerald Publishing Limited.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.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Mallett O, Marks A, Skountridaki L

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Gender in Management

Year: 2020

Volume: 35

Issue: 7-8

Pages: 657-665

Print publication date: 15/12/2020

Online publication date: 07/09/2020

Acceptance date: 31/07/2020

ISSN (print): 1754-2413

ISSN (electronic): 1754-2421

Publisher: Emerald Group Holdings Ltd.


DOI: 10.1108/GM-06-2020-0173


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