e-space
Manchester Metropolitan University's Research Repository

The role of gender in varying forms of flexible working

Atkinson, C and Hall, L (2009) The role of gender in varying forms of flexible working. Gender, Work & Organization, 16 (6). pp. 650-666. ISSN 1468-0432

[img]
Preview

Download (104kB) | Preview

Abstract

In this article we present empirical data from a research study investigating the implementation of the flexible working policies that emanate from the improving working lives standard in a National Health Service Trust in the UK. We argue that gender is accorded insufficient focus in the literature, considering the barriers that create a take‐up gap in formal flexible working practices. We further argue that gendered perceptions render unworkable attempts to portray flexible working as a gender‐neutral issue and demonstrate that such perceptions mean that formal mechanisms for flexible working continue to be considered to be a women's issue. We present data on informal flexible working mechanisms and suggest that a greater focus on combining these mechanisms with formal flexibility may help provide working time flexibility for a greater proportion of the workforce.

Impact and Reach

Statistics

Downloads
Activity Overview
51Downloads
41Hits

Additional statistics for this dataset are available via IRStats2.

Altmetric

Actions (login required)

Edit Item Edit Item