How much balance is there between your work-life and family-life?

September 22, 2014

In this blog, originally published at The Conversation, WAF Project Principal Investigator, Heejung Chung, explores European Survey data on work-life balance. 

This week celebrates the 3rd  annual National Work-Life Week in the UK, organised by WAF Project advisory board members Working Families.  It’s where both employers and workers are asked to think about their work-life balance and perhaps try to strike a balance, if only for a week.

But how are we doing in terms of work-life balance? To what extent do people in the UK feel like they are satisfied with the balance between their work and family life? Who feels more balance, why?  And, more importantly, what can be done to improve work-life balance for everyone? Read more »

Tagged : Childcare| Couples| Europe| Work-Family Conflict| Work-Life Balance

Determinants of Flexible Work — Considering Contexts

August 28, 2014

As part of the WAF Project we will provide succinct summaries to key academic resources. These resources are drawn from peer-reviewed journals, or were written by academics for government departments or other organisations with remits that cover work flexibility, autonomy and work-life balance.

These academic resources form an important part of the literature this project is engaging with. More than this, they also provide an overview of the most important contributions to, and the state-of-the-art in, current academic debates. Read more »

Tagged : Determinants| Europe| Work-Family Conflict| Working Time

New UK Flexible Working Rights — A Round Up

July 2, 2014

June 30th saw the right to request flexible working enshrined in UK law. Here we provide a brief round up of some of the resources and comment that appeared in response. Read more »

Tagged : Flexible Working| Media| Work-Life Balance

In reality new ‘flexible working rights’ could mean longer days and less family time

June 30, 2014

WAF Project Principal Investigator Heejung Chung on how flexible working may prove to be a ‘honey trap’ to lure workers into a ‘job that never ends’.

Flexible working time, once a perk for successful professionals, has gone mainstream. From June 30, the right to request flexible working will be extended to all workers in the UK. In a time where most benefits are being cut rather than expanded, this is a remarkable policy development. Read more »

Tagged : Blurring Of Boundaries| Implementation| Outcomes| Time Adequacy| Work Intensification| Work-Life Balance
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