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Work-Life Balance in the 21st Century

Diane Houston

Palgrave 2005, 320 s. ISBN 1403920621

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 14 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.

Contents Work-Life Balance in the Twenty First Century; D.M.Houston
Gender and Work-Life Flexibility in the Labour Market; A.Booth & J.Frank
The Cost of a Career in Minutes and Morbidity; M.Rose
Sex Differences in Work-Life Balance Goals; C.Hakim
Working, Caring and Sharing: Work-Life Dilemmas in Early Motherhood; D.M.Houston & G.Marks
Part-Time Employment Among Women with Pre-School Children: Organizational Cultures, Personal Careers and Sense of Entitlement; M.Sigala
"Daddy, I Don't Like these Shifts You're Working on Because I Never See You": Coping Strategies for Home and Work; J.Hyman, D.Scholarios & C.Baldry
The Future of Work and the Division of Childcare Between Parents; I.Bruegel & A.Gray
Gender, Job Insecurity and the Work-Life Balance; N.Charles & E.James
Workplace Partnership and Work-Life Balance: A Local Government Case Study; S.Tailby, M.Richardson, A.Danford, P.Stewart & M.Upchurch
Multiple Burdens: Problems of Work-Life Balance for Ethnic Minority Trade Union Activist Women; H.Bradley, G.Healy & N.Mukherjee
Combining Family and Employment: Evidence from Pakistani and Bangladeshi Women; A.Dale
Care Workers and Work/Life Balance: The Example of Domiciliary Care Workers; C.Ungerson & S.Yeandle
Author Biographies DIANE HOUSTON is Professor of Psychology at the University of Kent, UK, where she directs the Work-Life Research Group. Her research interests are within applied social psychology and its interface with sociology, particularly in the areas of work, health and education. She has been a research advisor to The Women and Equality Unit in the Department of Trade and Industry, the Equal Opportunities Commission and Chartered Institute of Personnel Development.