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My research is focussed on how parents manage the layers of technology-based communication relating to both work and non-work activities during their non-working hours, and how this juggling of the various platforms used by work, personal, social and school/children-related-activity can impact on overall levels of stress, anxiety, productivity and perceived burnout. The research will consider theories around resource allocation, locus of control and uses and gratifications theory.
How working parents used personal and work-based technology during Lockdown 1.0, in spring and early summer of 2020, while simultaneously juggling home and childcare responsibilities.
My MSc research is to investigate the impact of the ‘always on & always available’ organisational culture that technology can allow and which can lead to declining workplace productivity and employee burnout. I will be investigating the motives behind working parents using technology to engage with work-related activities outside of working hours. This will include the rationale for parents to blur the home/work segmentation boundaries and the impact this has on work effort recovery, productivity levels, and the resultant fatigue, stress & burnout. The goal of this research is to highlight the effects of workplace culture and unspoken expectations of working parent’s availability after-hours and challenge workplace narratives around productivity from a negative: job success = time spent on work, to a more positive: job success = output delivery.