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Type Conference or Workshop Paper
Scope Discipline-based scholarship
Published in Proceedings Yes
Title Is Your Time Well Spent? Reflecting on Knowledge Work More Holistically
Organization Unit
  • Hayley Guillou
  • Kevin Chow
  • Thomas Fritz
  • Joanna McGrenere
Presentation Type paper
Item Subtype Original Work
Refereed Yes
Status Published in final form
  • English
ISBN 978-1-4503-6708-0/20/04
Event Title CHI'20 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Event Type conference
Event Location Honolulu, HI, USA
Event Start Date April 25 - 2020
Event End Date April 30 - 2020
Publisher ACM
Abstract Text The modern workplace is more demanding than ever before. Yet, since the industrial age, productivity measures have predominantly stayed narrowly focused on the output of the work, and not accounted for the big shift in the cognitive demands placed on the workers or the interleaving of work and life that is so common today. We posit that a more holistic conceptualization of Time Well Spent (TWS) at work could mitigate this issue. In our 1-week study, 40 knowledge workers used the experience sampling method (ESM) to rate their TWS and then define TWS at the end of the week. Our work contributes a preliminary characterization of TWS and empirical evidence that this term can capture a more holistic notion of work that also includes the worker’s feelings and well-being.
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