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‘When the daily commute stops’: a long-distance commuter’s reflections on commuting and telecommuting across the COVID-19 pandemic

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posted on 2024-02-05, 10:01 authored by Clive TrussonClive Trusson, Gwen Chen, John Bridger

This article foregrounds the working experience of a knowledge worker in the United Kingdom across three years (2019–2022) that included periods of ‘lockdown’ and other social restrictions resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. Across seven separate interview extracts, it offers a longitudinal narrative on the lived experience of substituting a workday comprising a long-distance commute by car to work ‘standard’ hours for an extended workday telecommuting from home. Over time the worker paradoxically recognises that telecommuting entails added pressures of work intensification, extensification and greater domestic responsibility but this is preferable to returning to a long-distance dissatisfying commute. The reflexive narrative reveals how he embraces the pressures of telecommuting through job crafting to re-identify as an autonomous professional and more engaged care-giving parent. The article contributes to the literature on hybrid/flexible forms of work organisation emerging from the pandemic by indicating the importance of micro-level considerations and implications for gender equality.

History

School

  • Loughborough Business School

Published in

Work, Employment and Society

Volume

38

Issue

1

Pages

279 - 290

Publisher

Sage

Version

  • VoR (Version of Record)

Rights holder

© The Author(s)

Publisher statement

This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 License (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/) which permits non-commercial use, reproduction and distribution of the work without further permission provided the original work is attributed as specified on the SAGE and Open Access page (https://us.sagepub.com/en-us/nam/open-access-at-sage).

Acceptance date

2023-06-20

Publication date

2023-08-23

Copyright date

2023

ISSN

0950-0170

eISSN

1469-8722

Language

  • en

Depositor

Dr Clive Trusson. Deposit date: 26 June 2023