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Comparing telework locations and traditional work arrangements: Differences in work‐life balance support, job satisfaction, and inclusion

Valerie J. Morganson (Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia, USA)
Debra A. Major (Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia, USA)
Kurt L. Oborn (Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia, USA)
Jennifer M. Verive (White Rabbit Consulting, Carson City, Nevada, USA)
Michelle P. Heelan (Telecommuting Advantage Group, San Francisco, California, USA)

Journal of Managerial Psychology

ISSN: 0268-3946

Article publication date: 17 August 2010

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to examine differences in work‐life balance (WLB) support, job satisfaction, and inclusion as a function of work location.

Design/methodology/approach

Web‐based survey data were provided by 578 employees working at one of four locations (main office, client location, satellite office, and home). Multiple regression analyses were used to identify differences in WLB support, job satisfaction, and inclusion across employees working at the four locations.

Findings

Results showed that main office and home‐based workers had similar high levels of WLB support and job satisfaction. Main office workers reported higher levels of WLB support than satellite and client‐based workers. Additionally, main office workers reported the highest levels of workplace inclusion.

Research limitations/ implications

Data were originally gathered for practical purposes by the organization. The research design does not allow for manipulation or random assignment, therefore extraneous variables may have impacted the observed relationships.

Practical implications

Allowing employees flexibility in choosing their work locations is related to positive outcomes. The authors suggest several practices for the effective implementation of alternative work arrangements.

Originality/value

This paper is among the first to examine the outcomes of telework across locations. It uses a large single organization and a quasi‐experimental design, enhancing the validity of the findings.

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Citation

Morganson, V.J., Major, D.A., Oborn, K.L., Verive, J.M. and Heelan, M.P. (2010), "Comparing telework locations and traditional work arrangements: Differences in work‐life balance support, job satisfaction, and inclusion", Journal of Managerial Psychology, Vol. 25 No. 6, pp. 578-595. https://doi.org/10.1108/02683941011056941

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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