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Technology infiltration: permeable boundaries and work–life spillover experiences among academics in the United Kingdom during the COVID-19 pandemic

Chima Mordi (Brunel Business School, College of Business Arts and Social Sciences, Brunel University London, Uxbridge, UK)
Hakeem Adeniyi Ajonbadi (Birmingham City University, Birmingham, UK)
Olatunji David Adekoya (College of Business, Technology and Engineering, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, UK)

Personnel Review

ISSN: 0048-3486

Article publication date: 28 July 2023

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Abstract

Purpose

This study explored the challenges academics faced with work structures during the COVID-19 pandemic and their implications for their work–life balance (WLB).

Design/methodology/approach

Relying on the interpretative paradigm and the qualitative research method, the dataset consists of semi-structured interviews with 43 academics in the United Kingdom.

Findings

This study’s findings indicate that academics in the UK experience issues around increased boundary permeability between work and nonwork domains and role overlap, which engender the transfer of negative rather than positive spillover experiences and exacerbate negative consequences to the well-being of academics. ICTs also reinforced gendered work-family boundaries and generated more negative work–life/family spillover for women than for men.

Practical implications

Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) need to address ICT-related health issues through better work designs and HR initiatives that respond to the health requirements of academics. Policymakers should be futuristic and ensure comprehensive work–life policies for academics, which are necessary for humanising overall organisational well-being.

Originality/value

Although COVID-19 challenges are common to all workers, the experiences and effects on specific workers (in this case, UK academics) within specific national jurisdictions play out differentially, and they are often experienced with different levels of depth and intensity.

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Citation

Mordi, C., Ajonbadi, H.A. and Adekoya, O.D. (2023), "Technology infiltration: permeable boundaries and work–life spillover experiences among academics in the United Kingdom during the COVID-19 pandemic", Personnel Review, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/PR-10-2022-0693

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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