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Accessing a sustainable work life: Work Patterns, Work-Life Balance and Inequality

Blyton, Paul Robert 2010. Accessing a sustainable work life: Work Patterns, Work-Life Balance and Inequality. The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability 6 (4) , pp. 263-268.

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Abstract

The paper begins by examining what a more sustainable work life would look like for employees and communities. In terms of work arrangements, one aspect involves the amount of commuting required, and the prospects for expanding work schedules that require travel to and from work on fewer days. This could be achieved either by longer individual shifts (completing weekly contractual hours in fewer days) or by some work being undertaken from home. The evidence for the extent to which these work arrangements (compressed working and telecommuting) are becoming more widespread, is assessed. While both work practices show signs of continued growth, a number of obstacles are identified that are currently hindering more rapid development. Among these, particular attention in the paper is given to the unequal access that is evident within organisational hierarchies, such that more senior levels have greater access to determine their start and stop times, and to work part of their time from home, compared to their lower level counterparts. The promotion of more equal access, involving overcoming managerial reluctance to extending the flexibility of lower level employees, will be an important element in developing more sustainable work patterns in coming years.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Centre for Business Relationships, Accountability, Sustainability and Society (BRASS)
Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
Uncontrolled Keywords: Work Patterns, Work Life Balance, Telecommuting, Compressed Working, Inequality
Publisher: CGPublisher
ISSN: 1832-2077
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Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 04:28
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/39797

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