Family Structure and the Telecommuter’s Quality of Life

Family Structure and the Telecommuter’s Quality of Life

Terri L. Dixon (Sumitomo Electric Lightwave Corp., USA) and Jane Webster (University of Waterloo, Canada)
Copyright: © 1998 |Pages: 8
DOI: 10.4018/joeuc.1998100105
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Abstract

With many individuals telecommuting from home, the boundary between home and work is made very thin. As a result, a person’s family structure may impact how stressful telecommuting is for the individual. One hundred and nineteen individuals participated in a mailed survey to determine which family structures provide the least stress and highest quality of life for telecommuters. In this study, eight family structures were examined according to gender, presence of other adults, and presence of dependents in the household. Comparisons were also made between telecommuters and non-telecommuters. Organizational support was an important factor affecting stress: higher organizational support resulted in lower reported stress levels. Also, stress had a strong inverse relationship with both quality of work and non-work life. Comparisons between telecommuters and non-telecommuters showed that in most instances similar levels of stress were reported. However further exploration revealed that the sources of the stress were different.

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