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Helping men get work-life balance can help everyone

August 3, 2015

Laura Good, Deborah Towns and Jesse E. Olsen, from the Centre for Workplace Leadership at the University of Melbourne, discuss work-life balance, workplace gender inequality, and an innovative Australian programme to encourage more men to take-up flexible working arrangements.

Women’s increased participation in the labour force over the past 50 years has outpaced changes to work organisation and social attitudes. This is true for issues of work-life balance, which continue to polarise workers and managers.

But work-life balance and gender equality are not only women’s issues. They belong to men, too. Read more »

Tagged : Australia| Gender| Implementation| Stigma| Work-Life Balance

Making choices between policies and real lives

June 24, 2015

Barbara Hobson draws on the research of a team within a large European Network of Excellence, Reconciling work and welfare (RECWOWE), many of whom are authors in the recent book, Worklife Balance: The Agency and Capabilities Gap, focusing on the individual/household, firm and managerial level and welfare state policy context across European countries and Japan. In this post she discusses the choices faced by those who seek to take advantage of work-life balance policies. Read more »

Tagged : Europe| Family-Friendly Policy| Flexitime| Gender| Germany| Management| Schedule Control| Stigma| Work-Life Balance

Autonomy in flexibilized working time schemes? Factors that inhibit autonomy and where it succeeds

February 24, 2015

Yvonne Lott, of the Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaftlichen Institut (WSI) in Germany, questions whether working time flexibility can really deliver employee autonomy. 

Flexibility in working time makes it possible to reconcile work with the affairs of private life. Whether this is caring for children or elderly parents, or pursuing a qualification alongside work – flexible working times give employees freedom to organize their time. In particular when employees can themselves determine how to organize their working time, their autonomy at work can seem unlimited. Self-determination of work schedules promises control over one’s own working time and thus autonomy over one’s time in general. Employees with such working times should, then, have relatively stress-free (work) lives. Right? I am skeptical. Read more »

Tagged : Autonomy| Gender| Germany| Implementation| National Context| Netherlands| Part-Time| Schedule Control| Sweden| United Kingdom| Work-Life Balance| Working Time

Flexible Policies, Closed Minds: Flexibility Stigma and Participation in Family-Friendly Programs at Work

January 21, 2015

Dr. Jade S. Jenkins is currently the academic assessment coordinator at Texas A&M – Texarkana. She earned her Ph.D in social and industrial-organizational psychology from Northern Illinois University, and her research interests include occupational health psychology, stereotypes, and the self . Here she writes about how those who utilize family-friendly policies may face stigma from colleagues and managers. Read more »

Tagged : Barriers| Flexible Working| Implementation| Management| Outcomes| Stigma| Trust

Heejung Chung on BBC Radio Kent’s Julia George Show – 24 September 2014

September 25, 2014

On Wednesday 24th September, Heejung Chung appeared on Julia George’s BBC Radio Kent show to talk about work-life balance, work-family conflict, and how flexible working can mean work extends into all aspects of life.

Clip courtesy of BBC Radio Kent.

Tagged : Blurring Of Boundaries| Childcare| Flexible Working| Media| Outcomes| United Kingdom| Work-Family Conflict| Work-Life Balance

How flexible working really works for dual-earner couples

September 22, 2014

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.

Here, work-life researcher Laura Radcliffe on the real daily impact of flexible working for dual-earner couples striving to manage their work and family responsibilities. This post was also published at The Conversation. Read more »

Tagged : Couples| Gender| Household Context| Outcomes| Work-Family Conflict

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
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