This topic paper examines whether managing the boundaries between work life and personal life positively affects work-life balance in the context of remote work. The research that forms the basis of this topic paper is derived from five scholarly, peer-reviewed articles relevant to the stated purpose. The findings are mixed. In the long term, they indicate that successful management of the boundaries between work life and personal life affects work-life balance positively, while non-management of boundaries affects work-life balance negatively. In the short term, the findings demonstrate that managing boundaries in a way that allows for temporary and deliberate weakening of boundaries can also have a positive effect on work-life balance if the move accommodates a personal need or is perceived as a temporary imbalance. As remote working arrangements become more widespread and a larger emphasis is placed on the importance of work-life balance for employees, understanding the effect that remote work has on work-life balance is critical. As a result, the findings of this topic paper are relevant to current management challenges and to managers in all industries where remote working takes place.
Berger, Danyelle L.
"Does work-life boundary management improve work-life balance for remote workers: A critically appraised topic,"
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