From anxiety to assurance : concerns and oucomes of telework

MARUYAMA, Takao and TIETZE, Susanne (2012). From anxiety to assurance : concerns and oucomes of telework. Personnel Review, 41 (4), 450-469.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/00483481211229375
Link to published version:: 10.1108/00483481211229375

Abstract

Purpose – This paper aims to compare pre-telework anxieties, expectations and motivators reported by 394 teleworkers with their corresponding actual experiences of telework.

Design/methodology/approach – Based on an organizational survey, 394 samples were generated who had been teleworking for less than 12 months at the time of the survey. By using ?2 tests, comparisons were made between pre-telework expectations and post-telework outcomes reported by teleworkers with different characteristics such as gender, job type, the presence of dependent children, and working hours spent at home.

Findings – The study found that prior to adopting telework sampled teleworkers tended to underestimate positive and overestimate negative experience of telework. It further demonstrated some statistically significant differences in pre-telework expectations and post-telework outcomes reported by different groups of teleworkers. For example, female teleworkers were more likely to report that telework made it easier to cope with caring responsibilities. Sales and marketing teleworkers were more likely to report reduced visibility and career development.

Practical implications – Implementing and maintaining successful telework schemes requires managers to take heed of the emotional aspects that accompany the use of such flexible work arrangements. Furthermore, career implications and the development of appropriate support structures for teleworkers need to be taken into account.

Originality/value – The contribution of this paper lies in the comparative approach between pre-telework expectations and post-telework outcomes. It compares different social and occupational groups.

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Sheffield Business School Research Institute > People, Work and Organisation
Identification Number: 10.1108/00483481211229375
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Depositing User: Susanne Tietze
Date Deposited: 01 Oct 2012 09:29
Last Modified: 25 Apr 2014 15:48
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/6414

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