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Flexible working, the way of the future?

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Flexible working is increasing becoming the new norm in terms of how we manage our work and private lives. But we also see a stall in its take up, with working culture and flexibility stigma mentioned as some of the key causes. Further, what are some of the other consequences of flexible working, for example on work intensity, wages, gender equality?

This workshop brings internationally renowned scholars from across different disciplines - e.g., economics, sociology, business, organisational studies - and across the world - such as the US, the Netherlands, Germany and the UK, to discuss key emerging themes surrounding flexible working.

The workshop is free and open to everyone who is interested in the current debates surrounding fleixble working - such as, academics, policy makers, practioners, employee organisations, employers and the general public.

Each panel will include a policy stakeholder to ensure a more policy oriented discussion.

This workshop is a part of the final dissemination project of the Work Autonomy, Flexibility, and Work-Life Balance project led by Dr. Heejung Chung, based at the University of Kent. It aims to feed into the policy conference to be held at LSE on the 23rd of May :Click here for more information

For more about the project, please visit : http://www.wafproject.org


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10:00 Registration/coffee

10:30 Opening/welcome and introduction to the day


10:40 Flexible working and the importance of workplace culture

  • Flexibility stigma and access to flexible work arrangements – Heejung Chung (PI of WAF project, Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Social Policy, University of Kent)
  • Workplace support and flexible working – Laura Den Dulk (Associate Professor, Erasmus University Rotterdam)
  • Working on the frontlines in US Hospitals: Scheduling challenges and turnover intent among housekeepers and dietary service workers - Jennifer Swanberg (Professor of Social Work, University of Maryland)
  • Discussion by Jonathan Swan (Policy and Research Officer, Working Families)

12:00 Lunch


13:00 Flexible working and gender equality

  • Women’s employment patterns after childbirth and the perceived access to and use of flexitime and teleworking - Mariska van der Horst (Post-doctoral Researcher, University of Kent)
  • Workplace flexibility and family relationships among working parents - Jaesung Kim (University of Chicago)
  • Competing Work-Related Values Impacting Solo Self-Employed Women Knowledge workers’ Career Satisfaction: The Role of Work Autonomy and Time-Spatial Flexibility – Pascale Peters (Associate Professor of HRM, Radbound University Nijmegen)
  • Discussion by Barbarah Helfferich (Policy Advisor, ETUC)

14:20 Coffee


14:40 Flexible working and unintended consequences

  • Gender discrepancies in the outcomes of schedule control on overtime hours and income in Germany - Yvonne Lott (Senior Researcher, Hans Boeckler Stiftung)
  • Teleworking, overtime and income consequences - Sarra Ben Yamed (Post-doctoral Researcher, Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), Mannheim)
  • Working anytime, anywhere: The effects on the world of work – Jon Messenger (Lead for Working Conditions Group, ILO) and Oscar Vargas (Research Officer, Eurofound)
  • Matching Employee and Employer Needs for Flexibility– Clare Kelliher (Professor of Work and Organisational Studies, Cranfield Business school)
  • Discussion by Damien Smith (Economic Advisor, DWP)

16:10 Coffee/Tea break


16:20 Roundtable discussion: Future of flexible working - research and policy agendas

  • Heejung Chung (Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Social Policy, University of Kent)
  • Lonnie Golden (Professor of Economics and Labor Studies, Penn State University)
  • Laura Den Dulk (Associate Professor, Erasmus University Rotterdam)
  • Clare Kelliher (Professor of Work and Organisational Studies, Cranfield Business school)
  • Paola Panzeri (Policy Officer, COFACE)
  • Jonathan Swan (Policy and Research Officer, Working Families)

17:00 Closing


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