Flexible Working Time: A Review of Changes


As more and more women enter the labour market, the successful harmonisation of employment with family life becomes increasingly dependent upon flexibility in working arrangements. This report reviews the changes in the workplace and in the domestic division of labour which might be conducive to greater harmonisation of these two spheres of men and women's lives. In the workplace, the introduction of innovative ways of working such as flexible and annual hours, compressed working weeks, job-sharing and tele-homeworking is discussed, together with unions' and employers' perspectives on the changing nature of employment.




1. Flexible Working Time and Family Life

2. Traditional and Innovative Ways of Working
Full-time employment
Innovations in full-time employment
Flexible working hours
Annual hours
Compressed working weeks
Part-time employment
Innovative part-time employment:job-sharing
Innovative homeworking: new technology homeworking and networking
Innovations in shiftworking

3. Why Flexibility? Employers and Trade Unions
Employers' perspectives
Trade unions' perspectives

4. Working Life
Work-family linkages
Families in the 1980s
Work and family life

5. Demand for Flexibility

6. Flexibility for Whom?
Career breaks
Workplace nurseries


Appendix: Flexibility at Home and Work: British Aerospace


ISBN: 085374436X