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30 September 2010

Work flexibility hurts family life

Research shows that people who have more flexible hours at work tend to blur the boundaries between work and the other parts of their lives, especially family-related roles.

Is there a downside to schedule control at work? According to new research out of the University of Toronto, people who have more schedule control at work tend to report more blurring of the boundaries between work and the other parts of their lives, especially family-related roles.

The study

The authors describe two core findings about the downsides of schedule control:

  • People with more schedule control are more likely to work at home and engage in work – family multitasking activities; that is, they try to work on job- and home-related tasks at the same time while they are at home.
  • In turn, people who report more work-family role blurring also tend to report higher levels of work-family conflict—a major source of stress.

 
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