With the increase in mothers' employment both the government and many employers are promoting flexible working policies to improve work-life 'balance'. This report considers the effects of these changes on the lives of both women and men. It examines three employment sectors in detail - banking, grocery retail and local authorities.
Drawing on the views of employees themselves, the report:
· assesses the impact of employment breaks and part-time working on the careers of women and men;
· evaluates the effectiveness of work-life balance policies;
· explores organisational cultures and systems and how they affect the implementation of these policies;
· discusses attitudes to career development and its effects on family life.
Rosemary Crompton is Professor of Sociology at City University, London. Jane Dennett is a Researcher at the University of Kent. Andrea Wigfield is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Sheffield.
Introduction and background; Flexible working and employment careers; Work-life integration, organisational policies and organisational cultures; Women, men, caring and careers; Conclusions.