This article notes that the increasing use of technology, and feelings of job insecurity following the recent recession, mean that people are always working — because they can and they fear becoming unemployed if they don’t.
While the article notes that this can induce a state of chronic anxiety, it also notes that many younger people like the blurring of boundaries between work and life.
Read more at The Guardian.
While the authors note that flexible work can improve job satisfaction and worker commitment to employers, they go on to point out that it can also lead to the intensification of work.
Looking at workers that have reduced hours or work remotely, the authors propose three means by which intensification proceeds:
- imposed intensification
- enabled intensification
- intensification as an act of reciprocation or exchange
They argue that the paradox between increased work intensification, and reported increases in job satisfaction and organisational commitment may be explained by employees trading flexibility for effort, that is, employees ‘respond to the ability to work flexibly by exerting additional effort, in order to return benefit to their employer’.
Kelliher, Clare; Anderson, Deirdre (2010) “Doing more with less? Flexible working practices and the intensification of work” Human Relations, 63(1)
Available at: http://hum.sagepub.com/content/63/1/83
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. Continue reading