We are currently recruiting people who have a full or part time job to take part in a research study on how people manage their own availability and how they infer other people’s availability. The study will take place between October and November 2016.

The study will run over 2 weeks between October and November 2016. If you choose to participate, we will ask you to take part in two interviews, one before and one after a two-week diary study. Interviews will be audio-recorded. Unless you already use it, you will be asked to install OneNote app on all your devices to record your diary entries.

We are recruiting people who:

  • are 18 years or older
  • have a full or part time job and have flexible working practices
  • live and/or work in London or Cambridge

We are hoping to recruit at least some people that belong to the same organisation or work together (e.g. colleague, line manager-employee) and therefore we will ask you to advertise this study to anyone who might be interested.

Participants who complete the study will receive a £50 Amazon voucher!

In detail, the study consists of three stages:

1. The initial interview is aimed at understanding your communication practices and how you manage your availability for work and non-work activities. This interview will last between 60-90 minutes and will take place in UCL or in your office at a time of your convenience.

2. The two-week diary study will start the day after the initial interview. During the diary study we will ask you to report the context and your behaviour whenever one of these situations occurs:

  • you are waiting for a reply
  • you are delaying responding to someone
  • you reply straight away even though you don’t want to because you feel compelled

We are particularly interested when these instances cross work and non-work activities (e.g. receiving/sending work messages in the evening or on the weekend).

3. The final interview will last between 30-60 minutes as will just be an opportunity to review the diary entries together with the researcher. It will take place in UCL or in your office at a time of your convenience, during the week following the diary study.

If you are interested in taking part, please fill out this survey on your use of technology and communication channels. It should take no more than 10 minutes.

If you have any questions, email Marta at m.cecchinato@cs.ucl.ac.uk or fill out the form below and one of the research team will be in touch:

Consent form for participants

This non-profit research project is being funded by the UK Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC), and the Balance Network.