The home as a workplace: work-family interaction and psychological well-being in telework

J Occup Health Psychol. 1999 Oct;4(4):368-81. doi: 10.1037//1076-8998.4.4.368.


Home-based telework is a growing phenomenon with great potential to affect employees' psychological well-being. Although prior studies show both positive and negative effects on work-family interaction, conclusions are limited by the way telework, well-being, and work-family interaction have been modeled. The authors present a conceptual framework that describes telework as a multidimensional phenomenon and separates the effects of the home environment from those of distance from the organization. Propositions concerning work-family interaction are developed from P. Warr's (1987) model of the environmental antecedents of well-being, prior telework studies, and the work-family literature. Spillover between work and nonwork domains of well-being is discussed, and suggestions for future research on this complex issue are presented.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Family Relations
  • Humans
  • Job Satisfaction
  • Models, Psychological*
  • Quality of Life*
  • Self Concept
  • Telecommunications*
  • Workplace*