Teleworker's home office: An extension of corporate office?

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Abstract

Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to provide a literature review of the home offices of teleworkers employed by organizations in an attempt to understand the relationships between the design and physical conditions of home offices and teleworkers' work behaviours and to identify new areas of research around home offices. Design/methodology/approach: An extensive review of the research literature in home working, teleworking, and conventional office settings from multiple disciplines was carried out. Findings: This review has located no recent studies that focus on the design and conditions of home-offices of teleworkers employed by organizations. The research on home working and on conventional offices suggests that teleworkers desire qualities in their home offices similar to those of conventional offices. Little is known about how the physical conditions of dwellings and family variables affect the effectiveness of home offices as a workplace. Research limitations/implications: Little empirical research focused on home offices is available, so much more research is needed. Practical implications: The design of home workspace must meet the needs of teleworkers and their families' home environment. The cost savings in corporate facilities must be balanced against the workplace needs of their employees. Originality/value: The paper fills a gap in research about teleworking in home offices by integrating research from two related areas: homeworking and conventional office environment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)137-155
Number of pages19
JournalFacilities
Volume28
Issue number3-4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010

Keywords

  • Costs
  • Homeworking
  • Individual behaviour
  • Office layout
  • Personal needs
  • Teleworking

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