HOME | CHECKOUT | ABOUT | FAQ | CONTACT US |
 
Welcome Guest [create an account] or log-in:
email
password

Chapter 8 Gender and Work life Balance

DOI: 10.23912/978-1-910158-78-4-2915

ISBN: 978-1-910158-78-4

Published: January 2016

Component type: chapter

Published in: Enterprise and its Business Environment

Parent DOI: 10.23912/978-1-910158-78-4-2852

Abstract

The concept of work-life balance is an increasingly important issue in today’s society as a result of changing labour demographics. The traditional 9-5 working week cannot cater for all workers and many employers recognise this. Research from the CIPD (2012) indicates that 96% of employers in the UK offer some form of work-life balance practice, with part-time working (88%) and homeworking (54%) being the most common arrangements offered. Despite the increased interest in the work-life balance, there is ambiguity around what work-life balance is. Much of the confusion comes from a lack of agreement over what constitutes ‘work’, and what is ‘life’. This chapter explains the concept of work-life balance, the measures organizations can take to support the work-life balance of its members and the potential benefits and barriers associated with their implementation. The chapter also considers the role of gender in work-life balance, as women are more likely than men to use a work-life balance policy, with 77% working flexibly in some way (CIPD, 2012).

Sample content

Click here to download PDF

Contributors

  • Steven Glasgow (Author)
  • Katherine Sang (Author)

For the source title:

Cite as

Glasgow & Sang, 2016

Glasgow, S. & Sang, K. (2016) "Chapter 8 Gender and Work life Balance" In: Arshed, N., McFarlane, J. & MacIntosh, R. (ed) . Oxford: Goodfellow Publishers http://dx.doi.org/10.23912/978-1-910158-78-4-2915

References

Atkinson, C., & Hall, L. (2009). The role of gender in varying forms of flexible working. Gender, Work and Organization, 16(6), pp.650-666. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-0432.2009.00456.x

Beauregard, T. A., & Henry, L. C. (2009). Making the link between work-life balance practices and organizational performance. Human Resource Management Review, 19(1), pp.9-22. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.hrmr.2008.09.001

Bu00f6heim, R., & Taylor, M. P. (2004). Actual and preferred working hours. British Journal of Industrial Relations, 42(1), 149-166.

CIPD. (2012). Flexible Working: Provision and uptake. London: CIPD.

Craig, L., Powell, A., & Cortis, N. (2012). Self-employment, work-family time and the gender division of labour. Work, Employment and Society, 26(5), 716-734. https://doi.org/10.1177/0950017012451642

Crompton, R., & Lyonette, C. (2006). Work-life u2018balanceu2019in Europe. Acta Sociologica, 49(4), 379-393. https://doi.org/10.1177/0001699306071680

Crompton, R., & Lyonette, C. (2011). Womenu2019s career success and worku2013life adaptations in the accountancy and medical professions in Britain. Gender, Work and Organization, 18(2), 231-254. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-0432.2009.00511.x

De Menezes, L. M., & Kelliher, C. (2011). Flexible working and performance: A systematic review of the evidence for a business case. International Journal of Management Reviews, 13(4), 452-474. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-2370.2011.00301.x

Dex, S., & Scheibl, F. (2001). Flexible and familyu2010friendly working arrangements in UKu2010based SMEs: business cases. British Journal of Industrial Relations, 39(3), 411-431. https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-8543.00207

Duffield, C. M., Roche, M. A., Blay, N., & Stasa, H. (2011). Nursing unit managers, staff retention and the work environment. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 20(1u20102), 23-33.

Felstead, A., Jewson, N., & Walters, S. (2003). Managerial control of employees working at home. British Journal of Industrial Relations, 41(2), 241-264. https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-8543.00271

Gou00f1i-Legaz, S., & Ollo-Lu00f3pez, A. (2014). Factors that determine the use of flexible work arrangement practices in Spain. Journal of Family and Economic Issues, 36(3), 463-477.

Gregory, A., & Milner, S. (2009). Editorial: Worku2013life balance: A matter of choice? Gender, Work and Organization, 16(1), pp.1-13. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-0432.2008.00429.x

Hinkin, T. R., & Tracey, J. B. (2000). The cost of turnover: Putting a price on the learning curve. The Cornell Hotel and Restaurant Administration Quarterly, 41(3), 14-14. https://doi.org/10.1177/001088040004100313

Hughes, C. (2002). Key Concepts in Feminist Theory and Research: Sage. https://doi.org/10.4135/9780857024459

Joyce, K., Pabayo, R., Critchley, J. A., & Bambra, C. (2010). Flexible working conditions and their effects on employee health and wellbeing. The Cochrane Library. https://doi.org/10.1002/14651858.cd008009.pub2

Kamenou, N. (2008). Reconsidering worku2013life balance debates: challenging limited understandings of the u2018lifeu2019component in the context of ethnic minority womenu2019s experiences. British Journal of Management, 19(s1), S99-S109. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8551.2008.00575.x

Kelliher, C. and Anderson, D. (2010) Doing more with less? Flexible working practices and the intensification of work, Human Relations, 63 (1), 83-106 https://doi.org/10.1177/0018726709349199

Kirby, E., & Krone, K. (2002). u201cThe policy exists but you canu2019t really use itu201d: Communication and the structuration of work-family policies. Journal of Applied Communication Research, 30(1), 50-77. https://doi.org/10.1080/00909880216577

Lewis, S. (1997). u2018Family friendlyu2019 employment policies: A route to changing organizational culture or playing about at the margins? Gender, Work and Organization, 4(1), 13-23. https://doi.org/10.1111/1468-0432.00020

Macky, K., & Boxall, P. (2008). High-involvement work processes, work intensification and employee well-being: A study of New Zealand worker experiences. Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources, 46(1), 38-55. https://doi.org/10.1177/1038411107086542.

ONS. (2013). Women in the labour market. UK: Office for National Statistics.

Rouse, J., Treanor, L., Fleck, E., & Forson, C. (2013). Contextualising migrant black business womenu2019s work-life balance experiences. International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior and Research, 19(5), 460-477. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJEBR-09-2011-0126

Sang, K. J., Dainty, A. R., & Ison, S. G. (2007). Gender: a risk factor for occupational stress in the architectural profession? Construction Management and Economics, 25(12), 1305-1317. https://doi.org/10.1080/01446190701546177

Sang, K. J., Ison, S. G., & Dainty, A. R. (2009). The job satisfaction of UK architects and relationships with work-life balance and turnover intentions. Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, 16(3), 288-300. https://doi.org/10.1108/09699980910951681

Smithson, J., & Stokoe, E. H. (2005). Discourses of worku2013life balance: Negotiating u2018genderblindu2019terms in organizations. Gender, Work and Organization, 12(2), 147-168. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-0432.2005.00267.x

Sturges, J., & Guest, D. (2004). Working to live or living to work? Work/life balance early in the career. Human Resource Management Journal, 14(4), 5-20. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1748-8583.2004.tb00130.x

Timms, C., Brough, P., Ou2019Driscoll, M., Kalliath, T., Siu, O. L., Sit, C., & Lo, D. (2015). Flexible work arrangements, work engagement, turnover intentions and psychological health. Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources, 53(1), 83-103. https://doi.org/10.1111/1744-7941.12030

Torrington, D., Hall, L., Taylor, S., & Atkinson, C. (2014). Human Resource Management, 9th ed: Harlow: Pearson.

Wanrooy, B.V., Bewley, H., Bryson, A., Forth, J., Freeth, S., Stokes, L. & Wood, S. (2013). Employment Relations in the Shadow of Recession: The 2011 Workplace Employment Relations Study: First Findings. Palgrave Macmillan

Available

Chapter 8 Gender and Work life Balance [Details]Price: USD $7.99*Licences / Downloadable file

Published in Enterprise and its Business Environment

Chapter 8 Gender and Work life Balance [Details]Price: USD $7.99*Licences / Downloadable file
Paperback format [Details] Available as an inspection copyPrice: USD $50.00Copies / Delivery by post
Terms and conditions of purchase | Privacy policy