This report is the first to examine attitudes towards flexible working and family life. Drawing on a study of over 1500 members of the Amalgamated Electrical and Engineering Union (AEEU) and interviews with 53 AEEU shop stewards, the report:
· examines attitudes to, and uptake of, flexible working practices among employees who work full-time;
· compares the attitudes of women and men, those who do and do not have caring responsibilities and those at different occupational levels;
· considers the ways in which workplace culture and individual circumstances determine attitudes to flexible working;
· explores the career implications of flexible working.
"... important reading for those working in human resource management as well as policymakers." Family Matters
Introduction; Research methods; What is flexible working?; Employment benefits and family life; Attitudes and intentions towards flexible working arrangements; Family, stress and conflict; The impact of workplace culture on flexible working, conflict and occupational outcomes; A model of orientation to work and personal life; Conclusions and implications for policy.