What happened to the border? The role of mobile information technology devices on employees' work-life balance

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Adisa, T., Gbadamosi, G. and Osabutey, E. 2017. What happened to the border? The role of mobile information technology devices on employees' work-life balance. Personnel Review. 46 (8), pp. 1651-1671. https://doi.org/10.1108/pr-08-2016-0222
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TitleWhat happened to the border? The role of mobile information technology devices on employees' work-life balance
AuthorsAdisa, T., Gbadamosi, G. and Osabutey, E.
Abstract

Purpose: Mobile information technology devices (MITDs) are of special interest for researchers who seek to understand the role of these devices on employees’ work-life balance (WLB). This study examines the role of MITDs on employees’ WLB.
Design/methodology/approach: This article uses semi-structured interviews to investigate the role of MITDs on employees’ WLB.
Findings: The findings underscore the important role of MITDs in terms of the attainment of flexibility (how, where, and when work is done), which is significant for achieving WLB. However, the use of MITDs has blurred the division between work and non-work domains. This has inadvertently lengthened employees’ working hours, has affected their family relationships, and affected their general health and wellbeing. The evidence suggests that MITDs have the potential to improve WLB but could also lead to work-life conflict if not properly managed.
Originality/value: The study calls for a re-examination of WLB policies and practices, specifically border theory, in order to ensure that MITDs can enhance productivity without inadvertently resulting in poor WLB.

LanguageEnglish
PublisherEmerald
JournalPersonnel Review
ISSN0048-3486
Publication dates
Online12 Oct 2017
Print06 Nov 2017
Publication process dates
Deposited23 Oct 2017
Accepted06 Mar 2017
Output statusPublished
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This is the accepted version of the manuscript "What happened to the border? The role of mobile information technology devices on employees’ work-life balance", published in the journal "Personnel Review"available via the journal site at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/pr-08-2016-0222.
This article is © Emerald Publishing Limited and permission has been granted for this version to appear here. Emerald does not grant permission for this article to be further copied/distributed or hosted elsewhere without the express permission from Emerald Group Publishing Limited.

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Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1108/pr-08-2016-0222
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