Cyberslacking My Work Away Vs. Switched-On Culture
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18th Congress of the European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology (EAWOP)
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Information and communication technologies (ICT) are omnipresent in offices and during telework alike. With ICT use during work, employees get the opportunity to use it for non-work related activities as well, known as cyberslacking. Telework arrangements are enabled via ICT and seen as a sign of an autonomous, flexible workforce, leading to enhanced work satisfaction, well-being, and work-life balance (without conflicts). Availability of work-related ICT at home may hinder employees from switching off from work. This might engender work-life conflict, which in turn is detrimental to work satisfaction and well-being. However, cyberslacking during work can buffer these negative effects. This study explores the role of cyberslacking, telework intensity, and ICT-use intensity during telework, and non-telework, for work-life conflict.
An online survey yielded 916 working participants, of which 464 engaged in telework to some extent.
Results indicate a relationship between telework intensity, communication intensity via ICT, cyberslacking, and work-life conflict, which consequently is important for work-related outcomes.
Results are limited by self-reported data and the cross-sectional design. It is a very heterogeneous sample and characteristics of specific vocational fields could not be considered.
If work-related ICT use at home is studied, it would be beneficial to look at non-work-related ICT use at work as well. Acknowledging both can help to entangle the detrimental and beneficial potentials of ICT use at the workplace.
A look on work-life conflict of teleworker and non-teleworker alike, and the role ICT use and cyberslacking play acknowledges work-related ICT use at home and non-work-related ICT use at work.