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"I'd sit at home and do work emails": how tablets affect the work-life balance of office workers

Stawarz, KM; Cox, AL; Bird, J; Benedyk, R; (2013) "I'd sit at home and do work emails": how tablets affect the work-life balance of office workers. In: CHI '13 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems. (pp. 1383 - 1388). ACM: New York, NY, USA. Green open access

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Abstract

Advances in technology, in particular the widespread use of mobile devices, have changed work practices and transformed our everyday lives. However, as well as facilitating new ways for combining work and personal life, these new technologies can also blur the boundary between the two domains. In recent years tablets have become popular, first as leisure devices, and lately as business tools helping people to stay connected with work anywhere, anytime. Through an online questionnaire supported by a qualitative study, we investigated why, how, and where office workers use tablets and what impact those devices may have on work-life balance. The results show that, while useful for both home and work tasks, tablets have the potential to blur the boundary between work and personal life by encouraging and enabling people to complete work tasks during home time and vice versa. This could have negative impacts on work-life balance.

Type:Proceedings paper
Title:"I'd sit at home and do work emails": how tablets affect the work-life balance of office workers
Event:CHI 2013
Location:Paris, France
Dates:2013-04-27 - 2013-05-02
ISBN-13:9781450319522
Open access status:An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI:10.1145/2468356.2468603
Publisher version:http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/2468356.2468603
Additional information:"© Owner/Author 2013. This is the author's version of the work. It is posted here for your personal use. Not for redistribution. The definitive Version of Record was published in CHI '13 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems, http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/2468356.2468603."
Keywords:Work-life balance, Touch-screen tablets, Mobile technology
UCL classification:UCL > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Psychology and Language Sciences (Division of) > UCL Interaction Centre

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