Are you someone whose work has taken you away from home?

Issue date: 24 September 2014


Researchers from the Centre for Transport at UWE Bristol are looking to talk to members of the public whose working life regularly takes them away from home, to different parts of the country or across different time zones.

Family Rituals 2.0 is a research project that is investigating the work-life balance of people who have to travel away from home with their work, and how people are using digital technology to connect to home.

The research team behind the project have been talking to people from all types of jobs around the UK, as well as their respective partners and families, specifically asking about the activities that are a special part of home life, whether it is an evening in with a film or a special birthday celebration, and when and how workers connect back into home life when they are away.

Early findings from the research highlight the challenges of finding the right moment to call, being in different time zones, and the use of quick texts and picture updates to keep connected with the household.

Dr Juliet Jain, Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Geography and Environmental Management, says, “Many people are looking at how digital technology can be used for work purposes, but few think about how it helps in managing workers' work-life balance for those who have to travel away. Many more people are travelling for work both nationally and internationally, therefore our research aims to offer new insights to employers and employees based on real life experiences. We know there are good and bad aspects to being away with work, but we are particularly interested in those very ordinary moments that are important to family life which might be affected by being away and how digital technologies can assist.”

The researchers are now hoping to talk to more workers across a vast spectrum of professions including; building and construction, oil and gas, media and news, musicians and performers, events and conference, trainers and facilitators, government and business, as well as long distance drivers, air crew and any other job that involves travelling with work.

If you want to take part you need to be living with at least one other person (e.g. partner, parent, child) and be willing to talk to a researcher either in person, over the phone, or via Skype. You will receive a £30 High Street shopping voucher as a thank you for your time.

If you are interested, please contact Dr Billy Clayton on 0117 32 82316 or Dr Juliet Jain on 0117 32 83304, or email you name and contact details to family.rituals@uwe.ac.uk.

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