Blair-Loy demonstrates that, contrary to what might be expected, for workers in certain sectors, rigidity in work schedules can decrease work-family conflict.
She suggests that rigid scheduling protects these employees from pressures of a ‘24-hour economy’. Where client demands and other work could ‘invade every block of time’, flexible working in these cases allows for the extension of work into all aspects of life, and thus promotes work-family conflict.
Blair-Loy, Mary (2009) “Work Without End? Scheduling Flexibility and Work-to-Family Conflict Among Stockbrokers” Work & Occupations, 36(4)
Available at: http://wox.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/36/4/279