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Socio-Technical Practices and Work-Home Boundaries

Cox, A. L., Bird, J., Mauthner, N. , Dray, S., Peters, A. & Collins, E. (2014). Socio-Technical Practices and Work-Home Boundaries. In: Proceedings of the 16th international conference on Human-computer interaction with mobile devices & services. (pp. 581-584). New York, USA: ACM. doi: 10.1145/2628363.2634259


Recent advances in mobile technology have had many positive effects on the ways in which people can combine work and home life. For example, having remote access enables people to work from home, or work flexible hours that fit around caring responsibilities. They also support communication with colleagues and family members, and enable digital hobbies. However, the resulting 'always-online' culture can undermine work-home boundaries and cause stress to those who feel under pressure to respond immediately to digital notifications. This workshop will explore how a socio-technical perspective, which views boundaries as being constituted by everyday socio-technical practices, can inform the design of technologies that help maintain boundaries between work and home life.

Publication Type: Book Section
Publisher Keywords: Work home boundary management; HCI; work; leisure; personal informatics; wellbeing; TECHNOLOGY; LIFE; TIME
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA76 Computer software
Departments: School of Science & Technology > Computer Science
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