Socio-Technical Practices and Work-Home Boundaries

Anna Cox, Jon Bird, N Mauthner, S Dray, A Peters, Emily Collins
in MobileHCI, Conference proceeding, New York, NY, USA

Abstract

Recent advances in mobile technology have had many positive effects on the ways in which people can combine work and home life. For example, having remote access enables people to work from home, or work flexible hours that fit around caring responsibilities. They also support communication with colleagues and family members, and enable digital hobbies. However, the resulting 'always-online' culture can undermine work-home boundaries and cause stress to those who feel under pressure to respond immediately to digital notifications. This workshop will explore how a socio-technical perspective, which views boundaries as being constituted by everyday socio-technical practices, can inform the design of technologies that help maintain boundaries between work and home life.