The Work Experiences of Professional Men and Women Who Telecommute: Convergence or Divergence?

The Work Experiences of Professional Men and Women Who Telecommute: Convergence or Divergence?

Donna W. Mccloskey (Widener University, USA), Magid Igbaria (Claremont Graduate University, USA and Tel Aviv University, Israel) and Saroj Parasuraman (Drexel University, USA)
Copyright: © 1998 |Pages: 8
DOI: 10.4018/joeuc.1998100102
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Abstract

Researchers have found that men and women frequently encounter different work experiences. There has been some speculation that women who choose to telecommute will have more negative experiences than men who choose to telecommute. This study examines whether the work experiences of professionals who telecommute differ by gender. An analysis of 44 professional men and 45 professional women who telecommute from a large telecommunications firm fails to show a difference in work experiences, including autonomy, boundary spanning activities, career support, work-family conflict and career advancement prospects. In fact, the only significant differences between these groups were the number of hours spent in caretaking responsibilities and salary.

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