The authors present a conceptual framework for considering the domestic sphere as a social space and apply this framework to consider the existing evidence base on homebased working. In particular, the authors consider the implications of homebased working during and after the COVID-19 pandemic in terms of gender.
The authors identify key challenges in relation to flexibility, work intensification and socioeconomic differences. Consideration of these areas highlights the potential pitfalls and challenges that are likely to persist as many organisations begin to plan for an increase in homebased working. They continue by arguing that some commentators have been too quick to celebrate the apparent successes of the sudden, unplanned move to intensive homebased working. Important differences inoccupation, gender and other socio-economic factors will have important implications for the experience of homebased working for many workers and their co-residents.