Online, On Call, On Your Mind? Coping with Extensive Connectivity to Work

Mattern, Jana; Klein, Stefan


Abstract

Connectivity has become the hallmark of modern work and has also shaped the social life of many. Originating from a technical discourse, connectivity to work is reflected in numerous disciplinary discourses. While previous studies have identified negative effects for employees, the specific mechanisms which cause these effects are still poorly understood. The broadening of the term “connectivity” and the profound changes in the technical connectivity infrastructure require an adjusted conceptualization of connectivity, its structural causes and dimensions, how these dimensions interact, and how they explain different outcomes of connectivity. Based on a review of extant literature on connectivity and interviews with consultants, we develop a framework of connectivity that conceptualizes individual connectivity to work (social and technical) and its psychological impact (emotional, cognitive, behavioral). We derive extensive connectivity to work as a cause of strain. We develop two strategies, which allow employees to control extensive connectivity to work and cope with its effects. Preventive detachment aims to control the exte

Keywords
Coping Strategies; Detachment; Extensive Connectivity; Individual Connectivity; Strain



Publication type
Forschungsartikel (Zeitschrift)

Peer reviewed
Yes

Publication status
Published

Year
2022

Journal
Communications of the Association for Information Systems

Volume
51

ISSN
1529-3181

DOI

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