Sustained knowledge work and thinking time amongst academics: gender and working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic

Peetz, David and Baird, Marian and Banerjee, Rupa and Bartkiw, Tim and Campbell, Shelagh and Charlesworth, Sara and Coles, Amanda and Cooper, Rae and Foster, Jason and Galea, Natalie and de la Harpe, Barbara and Leighton, Catherine and Lynch, Bernadette and Pike, Kelly and Pyman, Amanda and Ramia, Ioana and Ressia, Susan and Samani, Mojan Naisani and Southey, Kim ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6852-1529 and Strachan, Glenda and To, March and Troup, Carolyn and Walsworth, Scott and Werth, Shalene ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4113-6823 and Weststar, Johanna (2022) Sustained knowledge work and thinking time amongst academics: gender and working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic. Labour and Industry, 32 (1). pp. 72-92. ISSN 1030-1763


Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic triggered a migration of workforces to work from home. A key issue for academics was the implications for the ability to carve out 'thinking time' to engage in what we term sustained knowledge work, the type of work essential for producing research. We administered an employee survey to academics from seven Australian and seven Canadian Universities, receiving over 3000 responses. We report on both quantitative and qualitative findings from the survey, with a particular emphasis on the latter. The two countries displayed broadly similar patterns in responses, but these patterns were gendered in specific ways. We distinguished between episodic and sustained knowledge work and found the shift of the location for sustained knowledge work from the workplace to the home affected academics unevenly, with disproportionate negative impacts on women. There are implications for all knowledge workers: while gendered, domestic norms continue to exist, the sustained knowledge work that is critical to career advancement can become especially problematic for women knowledge workers.


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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Business (18 Jan 2021 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Business (18 Jan 2021 -)
Date Deposited: 23 May 2022 04:02
Last Modified: 23 May 2022 04:02
Uncontrolled Keywords: knowledge work, working from home, remote working, gender, universities
Fields of Research (2020): 35 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 3505 Human resources and industrial relations > 350504 Industrial and employee relations
35 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 3505 Human resources and industrial relations > 350507 Workplace wellbeing and quality of working life
35 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 3505 Human resources and industrial relations > 350503 Human resources management
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 15 ECONOMIC FRAMEWORK > 1503 Management and productivity > 150302 Management
15 ECONOMIC FRAMEWORK > 1503 Management and productivity > 150301 Industrial relations
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/10301763.2022.2034092
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/48523

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