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„Thuiswerken, de trend van het moment‟ Een cross-sectioneel onderzoek naar de attitude van werknemers met een kantoorbaan in Nederland ten aanzien van thuiswerken en de relatie met werktevredenheid en werkstress.

Soetman, Lucinda (2011) „Thuiswerken, de trend van het moment‟ Een cross-sectioneel onderzoek naar de attitude van werknemers met een kantoorbaan in Nederland ten aanzien van thuiswerken en de relatie met werktevredenheid en werkstress.

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Abstract:In recent years, the work environment has changed. The government wants to stimulate employees to apply more alternative working arrangements. An example of an alternative working arrangement is homeworking (teleworking). Homeworking is a popular concept, which receives increasing scientific attention. But there are both benefits and disadvantages to homeworking. A benefit for the society is the decrease of traffic congestion. Benefits for an organization could include increased employee productivity. An individual can better combine his work life and private life, but because of telecommuting the border between those two becomes vague. This cross-sectional survey focuses on three elements in combination of homeworking, namely attitude regarding homeworking, job satisfaction and job stress. It is important to know how employees think about homeworking or telecommuting. Furthermore, it appears that homeworking increases job satisfaction and decreases job stress. To investigate these possible relations, emphasis has been placed on the differences in attitude regarding homeworking, job satisfaction and job stress between a homeworking-group and a non-homeworking-group. To investigate these three research variables, an online questionnaire has been used consisting of; „demographic and work related variables‟, an „attitude scale‟ (existing of two factors, namely „improved work outcomes‟ and „social costs/disadvantages‟), a „global job satisfaction questionnaire‟ and the „job stress questionnaire‟. A total of 118 respondents completed the questionnaire (n=86 homeworkers and n=32 non-homeworkers). It turned out that there was a difference in attitude regarding homeworking (for both „improved work outcomes‟ and „social costs/disadvantages‟) between the homeworking-group and the non-homeworking-group (p<.001). This means that homeworkers are more positive about the concept of homeworking than the non-homeworkers. The significant difference remains, even when controlling for demographic and work related variables. It turned out that there was no significant difference between the two groups regarding job satisfaction and work stress (respectively p=.58 en p=.99). This research shows that that there is a difference in attitude regarding homeworking between homeworkers and non-homeworkers, but there is no difference between homeworkers and non-homeworkers in terms of job satisfaction and job stress.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology MSc (66604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/61693
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