Journal of Happiness Studies

, Volume 4, Issue 2, pp 201–233 | Cite as

Impacts of Home-Based Telework on Quality of Life for Employees and Their Partners. Quantitative and Qualitative Results From a European Survey

  • Joar VittersøEmail author
  • Sigmund Akselsen
  • Bente Evjemo
  • Tom Erik Julsrud
  • Birgitte Yttri
  • Svein Bergvik


The study investigates the effects of home-based telework on quality of life (QoL). Four dimensions of QoL were analysed; overall satisfaction with life, sense of belonging, sense of becoming and sense of being. Through cross-national survey data (from 217 job holders and 112 partners) and by means of structural equation modeling, a positive association was found between home-based telework to a worker's sense of belonging (beta = 0.30, p < 0.001). On the other hand, a negative path was detected from the job holder's home-based telework to his or her partner's overall satisfaction with life (beta = −0.27, p < 0.05). After controlling for subdimensions of life quality, home-based work did not affect the job holder's overall life satisfaction. Moreover, the more concentration the job holder reported, the lower the sense of belonging was reported by his or her partner (beta = −0.28, p < 0.05). No simple explanation for the negative effects were found, but our interviews with the group of workers and their families leave us the impression that the problem of overworking and withdrawal was most relevant to the cases, in combination with negative spill-over effects and unclear boundary settings in the home.

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  • Joar Vittersø
    • 1
    Email author
  • Sigmund Akselsen
  • Bente Evjemo
  • Tom Erik Julsrud
  • Birgitte Yttri
  • Svein Bergvik
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of TromsoTromso

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