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Enforced remote working and the work-life interface during lockdown

Deirdre Anderson (Cranfield School of Management, Cranfield University, Bedford, UK)
Clare Kelliher (Cranfield School of Management, Cranfield University, Bedford, UK)

Gender in Management

ISSN: 1754-2413

Article publication date: 24 September 2020

Issue publication date: 15 December 2020

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Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to consider enforced working from home in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and how it may differ from working from home through choice. In particular, the authors discuss how lockdown may be affecting work-family arrangements.

Design/methodology/approach

This is a thought piece.

Findings

The paper briefly examines the extant research on remote working. It is argued that as many of the (beneficial) outcomes found for both employees and employers are associated with feelings of greater autonomy and gratitude on the part of employees for being able to exercise choice over their working arrangements, these outcomes may not be found where working from home is required of employees. The authors contend that women, and mothers in particular, have had little choice in relation to when work has taken place, and how much work has been done.

Practical implications

The authors urge employers to consider the positive and negative outcomes of emerging evidence as they review their flexible working policies. They call for a widespread review of childcare provision in supporting women and men in the labour market.

Originality/value

The authors explore this unexpected context of the pandemic and highlight the need for research which examines these different circumstances.

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Acknowledgements

The editors invited the authors to be a part of this special issue on COVID-19.

Citation

Anderson, D. and Kelliher, C. (2020), "Enforced remote working and the work-life interface during lockdown", Gender in Management, Vol. 35 No. 7/8, pp. 677-683. https://doi.org/10.1108/GM-07-2020-0224

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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