Conciliação entre o teletrabalho e a vida pessoal e familiar
: uma meta-análise qualitativa

  • Sara Castro Silva (Student)

Student thesis: Master's Thesis

Abstract

This paper aims to understand how employees reconcile telework with their personal and family life. The issues regarding the reconciliation between telework and the individual’s personal and family life have been investigated for several years. Nevertheless, they have become more relevant since all the organisations have been forced to implemente telework since the beginning of the pandemic. Given the large number of studies on the subject, the methodological option chosen was the qualitative meta-analysis. It was thus possible to identify, organise and analyse articles published between 2016 and 2022. A sample of 24 articles selected based on the exclusion and inclusion criteria, were analysed in depth. Subsequently, a content analysis of these articles was carried out. The results suggest that teleworker's reconciliation of work and personal and family life varies according to the context in which telework takes place. Two types of context emerge, a wider context, which is external to the family and the family context itself. The analysis of the results suggests that these two contexts are linked and have an influence on the way teleworkers reconcile work and personal and family life. Telework seems to have a positive influence on the worker when they live away from the company they work for. However, it has been found that in the context of a pandemic, these benefits are not as pronounced, as the working environment has to be shared with the rest of the household. Given the uncertainty that this diversity of contexts poses for the reconciliation of work and personal and family life, the role of the human resources department seems to be crucial in this relationship. The potential conflict between telework and personal and family life can be mitigated by the definition of policies and the implementation of family-friendly practices.
Date of Award4 Jul 2022
Original languagePortuguese
Awarding Institution
  • Universidade Católica Portuguesa
SupervisorEva Teresa Valente Dias Oliveira (Supervisor) & Maria Isabel G. G. Castro Guimarães (Co-Supervisor)

Keywords

  • Work-life balance
  • Reconciling
  • Personal and family life
  • Telework
  • Pandemic context

Designation

  • Mestrado em Gestão de Recursos Humanos

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