Working from home is widely embraced by many workers and organisations as a useful strategy for achieving better work-life balance. As evidenced by the exigencies of the COVID-19 pandemic, working from home has become a new norm for many working adults, as flexible working arrangements continue to hold sway across many countries. That said, recent debates in the work-family literature suggest that home-based telecommuting presents a paradox whereby such work arrangements potentially increase workers’ experiences of work-family conflict, resulting in poor work-life balance. Drawing from retrospective secondary data on South African workers (n = 727) in the 2015 International Social Survey Programme, this study provides evidence of the relationship between working from home and work-family conflict. Our study results show that working from home during usual working hours increased work-to-family conflict (B = 0.150, p < 0.05) and family-to-work conflict (B = 0.166, p < 0.05) among individuals in paid employment after controlling for well-established sociodemographic variables (such as age, sex, years of schooling, weekly working hours). While the flexibility paradox has become a topical concern following the COVID-19 pandemic, this study underscores the pitfalls of working from home for workers’ work-family balance and the need to adopt working from home with some caution.
|Title of host publication||Work-Life Balance in Africa : A Critical Approach|
|Editors||Hakeem Adeniyi AJONBADI, Chima MORDI, Olatunji David ADEKOYA|
|Publisher||Springer Nature Switzerland AG|
|Publication status||Published - 14 Oct 2023|