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HomeJOURNAL OF MANAGEMENT AND DEVELOPMENT STUDIESvol. 8 no. 2 (2019)

WORK NEVER AWAY FROM HOME: EXPLORING THE CONCEPT OF WORK AMONG HOME-BASED WORKERS

Jonathan C. de la Cerna

 

Abstract:

Technology and globalization have led to the development of alternative forms of employment like telecommuting. In the Philippines, telecommuting is a less explored phenomenon in empirical research. The current study is a descriptive research design that explores the conceptions of work of fourteen home-based workers. Respondents completed an online survey questionnaire. Results have shown the prevailing themes of economic rewards and autonomy in their concepts of work. These themes emerged in work concept domains such as its definitions, components, meanings of work, advantages, disadvantages, comparison to traditional work set-up, and intentions to stay or leave their current home-based work. Other themes that form their conceptions of work include relatedness and competence. Recommendations offered lucrative and optimistic hopes of future programs and legislation to protect and promote the wellbeing of Filipino home-based workers.