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Business Travellers' Connections to Home: ICTs Supporting Work-life Balance.

Ladkin, A., Willis, C., Jain, J., Clayton, W. and Marouda, M., 2016. Business Travellers' Connections to Home: ICTs Supporting Work-life Balance. New Technology, Work and Employment, 31 (3), 255-270.

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DOI: 10.1111/ntwe.12071


This paper examines the role of information communication technology in enabling connections to home for work related travellers. Although digital connectivity for work related tasks are well researched, the use of digital technology for home communication is under-researched. The study draws on a qualitative study of UK-based organisations and business travellers to explore how these travellers use ICTs for personal use whilst ‘on-the-move’. The findings reveal that organisations are supportive of work-life balance for employees, but fail to consider specific needs of those whose work takes them away from home. For business travellers, insights are gained into practices around connecting to home and the value of this virtual presence for relationships with family whilst absent and work-life balance. The study identifies and discusses practice occurring around three activities; checking in, maintaining relationships with home and sharing experiences.

Item Type:Article
Additional Information:Funded by EPSRC
Uncontrolled Keywords:business travel; work-life balance; Information Communication Technology(ICTs); family connections; human resources management; mobility.
Group:Bournemouth University Business School
ID Code:24813
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:05 Oct 2016 13:33
Last Modified:14 Mar 2022 13:59


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