“Extent to which a boundary allows psychological or behavioral aspects of one role or domain to enter another.” (Desrochers & Sargent)
“Permeability is the degree to which a role allows one to be physically located in the role’s domain but psychologically and/or behaviorally involved in another role” (Pleck, 1977; Richter, 1992).
“An employee who is able to accept personal calls and visits regularly has a permeable work role boundary” (p. 474). (Ashforth, Kreiner, & Fugate, 2000).
Clark (2000) defines permeability as “the degree to which elements from other domains may enter (Beach, 1989; Hall & Richter, 1988; Piotrkowski, 1978). For example, an individual may have an office at home whose physical doors and walls create a sort of border around his or her work. However, the border may be very permeable because family members are accustomed to entering frequently and talking with the individual doing work.” (p. 756). (Clark, 2000).