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

Golden, L. and Chung, Heejung and Sweet, S. (2018) Positive and Negative Application of Flexible Working Time Arrangements: Comparing the United States and the EU Countries. In: Farndale, Elaine and Brewster, Chris and Mayrhofer, Wolfgang, eds. The Handbook of Comparative Human Resource Management. Research Handbooks in Business and Management . Elgar. ISBN 978-1-78471-112-2. (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
Uncontrolled keywords: Flexible Work Schedules; Flexible work arrangements; right to request; variable work hours; labor flexibility
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Sociology
Depositing User: Lucie Patch
Date Deposited: 10 May 2018 15:25 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 20:32 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/66987 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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