Th-SYM-2444-6 - Micro-Role Transitions: A Day-To-Day Approach To Explain Inconsistent Outcomes Of Home-Based Telework

Work-family conflict
Thursday May 18   04:15 PM to 05:15 PM (1 hour)
Work-Life Interface
Work-family conflict
Micro-Role Transitions: A Day-to-Day Approach to Explain Inconsistent Outcomes of Home-Based Telework
J. Delanoeije 1,*, M. Verbruggen 1
1Department of Work and Organisation Studies, KU Leuven, Faculty of Economics and Business, Leuven, Belgium
Main Abstract Content: Purpose
Although the use of home-based telework is often suggested as an important way for employees to reduce their work-home conflict, research on the relationship between the use of telework and work-home conflict shows inconsistent results (Kelly et al., 2008). Following literature on boundaries and micro-role transitions (Ashforth, Kreiner & Fugate, 2000), we aim to explain these inconsistent outcomes by including daily effects of micro-role transitions between work roles and home roles while working, either at home or at the workplace. We hypothesize that because (1) the difficulty (i.e., the effort to disengage and re-engage in roles) and (2) the frequency of micro-role transitions may fluctuate daily, making use or not making use of home-based telework may affect employees differently from day to day.
Design/ Methodology
Daily diary data will be collected in the winter of 2016-2017 from employees with parental responsibility. We will contact respondents through primary schools, kindergartens and day care centers in Flanders.
Research/Practical Implications
Including daily fluctuations in micro-role transitions may help scholars to understand why use of home-based telework is inconsistently linked to home-work conflict. In addition, practitioners may take these day-to-day effects into account when evaluating implementation policies of home-based telework.
Daily fluctuations in micro-role transitions have not yet been put forward to explain variable outcomes of use of home-based telework. To our knowledge, we are the first to use a day-to-day approach to unravel effects of micro-role transitions upon work-home conflict.


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