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Work-Life Balance in the 21st Century : Future of Work - D. Houston

Work-Life Balance in the 21st Century

Future of Work

By: D. Houston (Editor)

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As we begin the twenty-first century, UK employees work the longest hours in Europe. Workplace stress and home responsibilities are among the top five causes of absence from work. Yet work-life balance has emerged as a key concern for employers, policy makers and the media. This edited volume contains findings from fourteen research projects within the ESRC's Future of Work Programme. The research examines the notion of employment flexibility and the effects of gender and care responsibilities on work and work performance. Conflicting needs of employers and employees and the gender divisions in work and family life call into question the feasibility of achieving the Government's aim of work-life balance for everyone.

'This important book is the culmination of seven years of study, carried out by economists, psychologists and sociologists in the UK. It's not a self-help book, but an in-depth analysis of UK working practices, from stay-at-home parents and part-time workers to workaholics. Readers may gain inspiration from some of the book's case studies, and employers may find useful the discussion of flexible and part-time working. It's a valuable overview of how we live and work.' - Management Today



'...a highly useful volume offering something to readers from different disciplines and with different perspectives, but at the same time presenting an opportunity to engage with the debate in a broader manner.' - Gill Kirton, Industrial Relations Journal

Introduction
Multiple Burdens: Problem of Work-Life Balance for Ethnic Minority Trade Union Activist Women
Employment and Childcare over the Generations: Past and Present Tense
Motherhood, Fatherhood and the Feminisation of Employment in Britain
Gender, Job Insecurity and the Work-Life Balance
Combining Family and Employment: Evidence from Pakistani and Bangladeshi Women
Work-Life Balance When Work Comes Home
New Evidence on Gender and the Work-Life Balance
Sex Differences in Work-Life Balance Goals
Trade Unions and Work-Life Balance
Mothers' Decisions and the Likely Consequences of Legislation to Enable Flexible Working
Work and Childbirth: Gender and Work-Life Balance
Work-Life Balance and the Knowledge Worker
The Cost of a Career in Minutes
The Future of Work: A Historical Perspective
Work-Life Balance: Rhetoric and Reality of the Partnership Approach
Care Workers and Work-Life Balance: The Situation of Domiciliary Care Workers
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ISBN: 9781403920621
ISBN-10: 1403920621
Series: Future of Work
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 271
Published: 1st March 2005
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 14.61  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.47
Edition Number: 1