Good to be home? Time-use and satisfaction levels among home-based teleworkers

Publication type

Journal Article


Publication date

November 15, 2012


Home-based teleworking ( HbTW) has the potential to
provide significant benefits to both employer and employee, but also
presents considerable challenges. This paper
considers HbTW among UK employees, specifically exploring distinctions
in the time-use of men and women home-based teleworkers and the impacts
of HbTW on employee satisfaction levels, using cross-section fixed
effects panel regression analysis of the British Household Panel Survey.
Findings reveal that total time-use in work activities among men and
women home-based teleworkers is relatively comparable, but the
distribution significantly different. For women, housework represents a particular time constraint, reflecting continued presence of the 'double-shift'. Homeworkers report greater levels of satisfaction, yet they are more pronounced in respect to paid work than leisure time. Extensive hours of housework reported among women may explain these differences.
Nevertheless, home-based teleworkers report greater levels of
satisfaction than other workers, suggesting considerable benefits
especially for working mothers

Published in

New Technology, Work and Employment

Volume and page numbers

Volume: 27 , p.224 -241






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