Academic conference: Flexible working, the way of the future?

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Date/Time: 22nd of May 2017  10:30AM – 5:00PM

Location:  New Academic Building, London School of Economics, 54 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London

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Flexible working is increasing becoming the new norm in terms of how we manage our work and private lives. But who has access to it and what are some of the potential outcomes?

This workshop brings internationally renowned scholars from across different disciplines – e.g., economics, sociology, business, organisational studies – and across the world – such as the US, the Netherlands, Germany and the UK, to discuss key emerging themes surrounding flexible working. Each panel will include a policy stakeholder to ensure a more policy oriented discussion.

This workshop is a part of the final dissemination project of the ESRC funded Work Autonomy, Flexibility, and Work-Life Balance project led by Dr. Heejung Chung, based at the University of Kent. It aims to feed into the policy conference to be held at LSE on the 23rd of May :Click here for more information

The workshop is free and open to everyone who is interested in the current debates surrounding fleixble working – such as, academics, policy makers, practioners, employee organisations, employers and the general public.

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Programme

10:00 Registration/coffee

10:30 Opening/welcome and introduction to the day

10:40 Flexible working and the importance of workplace culture

  • Flexibility stigma and access to flexible work arrangements – Heejung Chung (PI of WAF project, Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Social Policy, University of Kent)
  • Workplace support and flexible working – Laura Den Dulk (Associate Professor, Erasmus University Rotterdam)
  • Working on the frontlines in US Hospitals: Scheduling challenges and turnover intent among housekeepers and dietary service workers – Jennifer Swanberg (Professor of Social Work, University of Maryland)
  • Discussion by Jonathan Swan (Policy and Research Officer, Working Families)
12:00 Lunch

13:00 Flexible working and gender equality

  • Women’s employment patterns after childbirth and the perceived access to and use of flexitime and teleworking – Mariska van der Horst (Post-doctoral Researcher, University of Kent)
  • Workplace flexibility and family relationships among working parents – Jaesung Kim (University of Chicago)
  • Competing Work-Related Values Impacting Solo Self-Employed Women Knowledge workers’ Career Satisfaction: The Role of Work Autonomy and Time-Spatial Flexibility – Pascale Peters (Associate Professor of HRM, Radbound University Nijmegen)
  • Discussion by Barbarah Helfferich (Policy Advisor, ETUC)
14:20 Coffee

14:40 Flexible working and unintended consequences

  • Gender discrepancies in the outcomes of schedule control on overtime hours and income in Germany – Yvonne Lott (Senior Researcher, Hans Boeckler Stiftung)
  • Teleworking, overtime and income consequences – Sarra Ben Yamed (Post-doctoral Researcher, Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), Mannheim)
  • Working anytime, anywhere: The effects on the world of work – Jon Messenger (Lead for Working Conditions Group, ILO) and Oscar Vargas (Research Officer, Eurofound)
  • Matching Employee and Employer Needs for Flexibility– Clare Kelliher (Professor of Work and Organisational Studies, Cranfield Business school)
  • Discussion by Paola Panzeri (Policy Officer, COFACE)
16:10 Coffee/Tea break

16:20 Roundtable discussion: Future of flexible working – research and policy agendas

  • Heejung Chung (Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Social Policy, University of Kent)
  • Lonnie Golden (Professor of Economics and Labor Studies, Penn State University)
  • Laura Den Dulk (Associate Professor, Erasmus University Rotterdam)
  • Clare Kelliher (Professor of Work and Organisational Studies, Cranfield Business school)
  • Barbarah Helfferich (Policy Advisor, ETUC)
  • Paola Panzeri (Policy Officer, COFACE)
  • Jonathan Swan (Policy and Research Officer, Working Families)
17:00 Closing