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Are employees happier to stay connected with their company outside working hours? Evidence from Luxembourg data
Ludivine Martin  1, 2@  , Thierry Penard  3@  , Nicolas Poussing  4, 5@  
1 : Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research
2 : Centre de Recherche en Economie et Management
CNRS : UMR6211, Universite de Rennes 1
3 : Centre de Recherche en Economie et Management  (CREM)  -  Site web
CNRS : UMR6211, Universite de Rennes 1
4 : Centre de Recherche en Economie et Management  (CREM)  -  Site web
CNRS : UMR6211, Universite de Rennes 1, Université de Caen Basse-Normandie
5 : Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research  (LISER)  -  Site web
11, porte des Sciences 4366 Esch-sur-Alzette -  Luxembourg

Communication technologies and mobile devices (laptop, smartphone, tablet) have made it easier for employees to stay connected to their company when not in the office. Yet we have little understanding of the implications for life satisfaction. This study aims to analyse the impact of two forms of digital connection –online communication through email and smartphone, and remote access to company's network– on individual well-being. We use a large survey on working conditions and work quality of 14,685 employees in Luxembourg. Results found that being contacted frequently outside office hours has a negative effect on life satisfaction whereas remote access to the company's network has a positive impact. These contrasted results can be explained by the dual effect of digital connection on work-to-life conflict and work quality.


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