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An Investigation into employee’s perceptions of working from home and how this impacts work-life balance

Muldoon, Niamh (2014) An Investigation into employee’s perceptions of working from home and how this impacts work-life balance. Masters thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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Working from home has grown in popularity over the past few years and flexible working in general has been hailed as a way to combat increasing dissatisfaction with work life balance. This research is concerned with those who are primarily office based workers but work from home a minority of the time. This is usually one or two days a week maximum but could be less often. The effect of working from home on the participants work life balance is the focus of this research.

Recurrent themes in previous research on this topic were identified and summarised in the literature review. Based on these themes objectives were written. Along with the main objective there were four sub objectives to be answered. These related to the work environment at home, the positives and negatives of working from home, the impact of working from home on career and relationships with management and the effect of working from home on life outside work. A qualitative approach to this research was taken. Ten participants were interviewed. The participants worked at six different companies across various industries and were at different levels of their careers.

It was found that all participants were very happy with their working from home arrangement and often it did contribute positively to their work life balance. However this mode of working was not without its negatives which were also expressed by participants. Some of these negative effects resulted in work infringing on home life leading to further dissatisfaction with work life balance. There were more effects on life outside of work from this type of working than there was on career progression and relationships with management according to these findings.

The research findings suggest new directions for future research in the area of working from home. Implications for employers are identified in the conclusion along with recommendations for future research. The findings of this research are not generalisable across other industries or companies.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > Issues of Labour and Work > Quality of Work Life / Job Satisfaction
Divisions: School of Business > Master of Arts in Human Resource Management
Depositing User: Claire Wallnutt
Date Deposited: 21 Nov 2014 15:21
Last Modified: 21 Nov 2014 15:21

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