Thinking outside the office: The impact of virtual work on creative workers' attitudes

Beth A. Rubin, April J. Spivack

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This chapter draws on labor process theory and builds on a previous paper by Spivack and Rubin (2011) that explored workplace factors that might diminish the autonomy of creative knowledge workers. Using data from the National Study of the Changing Workforce, this chapter tests hypotheses linking creative workers' ability to work virtually, control their task and temporal autonomy to their well-being, job satisfaction, and commitment. The authors find that creative workers that have spatial autonomy have more positive work attitudes and better mental health. Further, they show that along with task and temporal autonomy, the conditions of the new workplace make spatial autonomy an important consideration. These findings contribute both to literature about the changing workplace and to practitioners concerned with maximizing the well-being of creative knowledge workers.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationVirtual Work and Human Interaction Research
Number of pages19
PublisherIGI Global
Publication date2012
ISBN (Print)9781466609631
Publication statusPublished - 2012
MoE publication typeA3 Book chapter


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