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Positive and Negative Application of Flexible Working Time Arrangements: Comparing the United States and the EU Countries

Golden, Lonnie and Sweet, Stephen and Chung, Heejung (2016) Positive and Negative Application of Flexible Working Time Arrangements: Comparing the United States and the EU Countries. In: The Handbook of Comparative Human Resource Management. Edward Elgar, Northhampton, MA, pp. 237-256. (doi:10.4337/9781784711139) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

This chapter focuses on flexible working time arrangements and presents flexible work schedule practices as they vary among individuals, organisations and nations, explaining reasons for observed variations. It highlights the need to focus on specific types of flexible work options; distinctions between availability, access, and use; as well as formal and informal use practices. We show that, depending on the metric used, flexibility can be seen as widely available, or as seriously constrained or limited. If structured as employee-centred, flexible work arrangements can improve work-family harmonisation. Creating contexts with flexible work options that can enhance employee well-being requires attention at the organisational level, with cultural contexts that support both formal and informal implementation, as well as national level policies that regulate the terms under which work hours can be, and should be, open to adjustment by employees.

Item Type: Book section
DOI/Identification number: 10.4337/9781784711139
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Sociology
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Social Policy
Depositing User: Heejung Chung
Date Deposited: 30 Apr 2018 14:20 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 20:30 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/66876 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Chung, Heejung: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6422-6119
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