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Work-life Balance or Work-life Ambivalence? Managing Flexibility amongst Self-employed Teleworkers
Full Text(PDF, )  PP.218-223  
Author(s)
Mona Mustafa
KEYWORDS
Ambivalence; flexibility; self-employment; telework; work-life balance
ABSTRACT
The recent growth in teleworking has led to a variety of studies that analyse its significance along a spectrum of advantages and disadvantages from the point of view of the teleworker. These studies tend to stress either one end or the other of the spectrum and therefore give a somewhat bipolar perspective on telework (either 'good' or 'bad'). This article argues that teleworkers' experiences are characterised rather by ambivalence - that is, that teleworkers express conflicting attitudes towards their conditions depending on whether work or home interests are uppermost in their minds at the time. The article, which is based on diaries, questionnaires and interviews amongst 70 self-employed teleworkers in France, the UK and USA, concludes that work-life balance proves elusive because of the endemic role conflict that lies at the heart of self-employed teleworking.
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