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Attitudes to flexible working and family life

By Diane M. Houston and Julie A. Waumsley


17 Dec 2003

Page count

68 pages





297 x 210 mm


Policy Press
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Attitudes to flexible working and family life

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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.

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