A1 Journal article (refereed)
Communicating across the borders : managing work-life boundaries through communication in various domains (2021)

Leppäkumpu, J., & Sivunen, A. (2021). Communicating across the borders : managing work-life boundaries through communication in various domains. Community, Work and Family, Early online. https://doi.org/10.1080/13668803.2021.1952163

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All authors or editors: Leppäkumpu, Jonna; Sivunen, Anu

Journal or series: Community, Work and Family

ISSN: 1366-8803

eISSN: 1469-3615

Publication year: 2021

Publication date: 12/07/2021

Volume: Early online

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Publication country: United Kingdom

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/13668803.2021.1952163

Publication open access: Openly available

Publication channel open access: Partially open access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/77126


Communicating work issues at home and home issues at work, also known as across-the-border (ATB) communication, is a part of everyday work and family interaction. This study focuses on the concept of ATB communication, using Work/Family Border Theory, according to which the boundaries between work and private life are seen as negotiated and shaped through social interactions and practices. We argue that through ATB communication, and especially by focusing on what is shared and how, employees can manage boundaries and achieve work-life balance. Altogether, 32 informants, comprising journalists (N = 16) and their relational others (N = 16), were interviewed to investigate the role of ATB communication in employees’ work-life boundary management. The findings show that ATB communication entails discussions about responsibilities in different life domains and a search for support in demanding or complex work or private life situations. One feature of boundary management involves refraining from ATB communication in order to achieve a balance between work and life. The study extends existing knowledge of boundary management as a communicative process and offers important practical implications by highlighting the role of interpersonal relationships in boundary management practices and the quality of ATB communication in these relationships.

Keywords: interaction; social interaction; human relations; working life; private life; communication; management (control); boundaries

Free keywords: across-the-border communication; borders; boundaries; boundary management; work-family communication; work-life boundary

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