Good to be home? Time-use and satisfaction levels among home-based teleworkers

Daniel Wheatley*

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    Home-based teleworking (HbTW) has the potential to provide significant benefits to both employer and employee, but also presents considerable challenges. This paper considers HbTW among UK employees, specifically exploring distinctions in the time-use of men and women home-based teleworkers and the impacts of HbTW on employee satisfaction levels, using cross-section fixed effects panel regression analysis of the British Household Panel Survey. Findings reveal that total time-use in work activities among men and women home-based teleworkers is relatively comparable, but the distribution significantly different. For women, housework represents a particular time constraint, reflecting continued presence of the 'double-shift'. Homeworkers report greater levels of satisfaction, yet they are more pronounced in respect to paid work than leisure time. Extensive hours of housework reported among women may explain these differences. Nevertheless, home-based teleworkers report greater levels of satisfaction than other workers, suggesting considerable benefits especially for working mothers.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)224-241
    Number of pages18
    JournalNew Technology, Work and Employment
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - Nov 2012


    • Double-shift
    • Gender
    • Home-based teleworking
    • Housework
    • Leisure time
    • Satisfaction
    • Time-use
    • Work-life balance
    • Working hours

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Human Factors and Ergonomics
    • Management of Technology and Innovation
    • Strategy and Management


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