Office blurs distinction between home and work for some

December 11th, 2008 - 5:38 pm ICT by IANS  

Toronto, Dec 11 (IANS) Employees with high levels of job autonomy and responsibilities tend to bring work home with them, according to a study.Using data from a 2002 representative survey of more than 2,600 American workers, sociology professor Scott Schieman and student Paul Glavin examined the impact of schedule control and job autonomy on work-family role blurring.

Role blurring is measured by how often employees bring work home and how often they receive work-related contact outside of normal working hours.

For instance, having greater control over the start and finish times of work - is associated with more frequent work-family role blurring; this pattern is stronger among men.

It also blurs the distinction between work and home among both women and men, according to a Toronto University release.

Men in autonomous jobs are more likely than women in similarly autonomous jobs to receive work-related contact outside of normal work hours.

Among both genders, receiving work-related contact outside of normal work hours increases work-to-family conflict, but only among individuals who have less autonomy at work.

The findings are important because researchers have established work-to-family conflict as a core stressor in peoples’ lives, Schieman added.

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