Telecommuting and Flexible Work Hours: Alternative Work Arrangements that Can Improve the Quality of Work Life

  • James A. Breaugh
  • Angela M. Farabee
Part of the International Handbooks of Quality-of-Life book series (IHQL)


In this chapter, we examine work  →  nonwork conflict, its causes, and its consequences. We also address in detail two alternative work arrangements (i.e., telecommuting and flextime) that can reduce the incidence of work  →  nonwork conflict. Our coverage of telecommuting and flextime makes apparent that these arrangements are not quick fixes. Rather, there are several contingency factors (e.g., supervisor support) that need to be considered by an employer given they influence the likely success of these nontraditional work arrangements. If implemented effectively (e.g., participation is voluntary, employees have a voice in program design), telecommuting and flextime can help an employee balance the sometimes competing demands of their work and nonwork lives. Facilitating such a balance not only has tangible benefits for employers (e.g., lower turnover), it is the ethical thing for employers to do.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of Business AdministrationUniversity of Missouri – St. LouisSt. LouisUSA
  2. 2.Psychology DepartmentUniversity of Missouri – St. LouisSt. LouisUSA

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