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Work and Family in the Virtual Office: Perceived Influences of Mobile Telework

E. Jeffrey Hill, Alan J. Hawkins and Brent C. Miller
Family Relations
Vol. 45, No. 3 (Jul., 1996), pp. 293-301
DOI: 10.2307/585501
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/585501
Page Count: 9
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Work and Family in the Virtual Office: Perceived Influences of Mobile Telework
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Abstract

Telework is a rapidly emerging reality in the workplace. This study explores the influence of mobile telework on family life as reported by teleworkers in a large national corporation (n = 157). In addition, this group is compared to an equivalent group of office workers (n = 89) from the same corporation. Mobile teleworkers reported much greater work flexibility. Some reported that their families thrived because of this flexibility. Others reported that their families struggled because workplace and schedule flexibility blurred the boundaries between work and family life. Suggestions are given for how family life educators might help mobile teleworkers ease the transition from traditional work to the virtual office.

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