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Tackling stress at work: a trade unionists guide
London, Labour Research Department Publications Ltd
ISBN: 1-90054-476-8
An overview of the reported extent and causes of stress in the workplace. Provides a legal framework, with reference to specific legislation. Provides guidance on how to combat stress at work, both the employers’ responsibilities and how the trade union rep can assist. Includes the TUC stress MOT model.
Subjects: stress
Audience: self help

Taking the Strain
London: Institute of Management/PPP healthcare, 2000
ISBN: 0-85946-313-3
Looks at workplace issues that contribute to managerial stress levels and has found that stress levels reported seven years ago and considered unsustainable at that time have not improved.
Subject: stress
Audience: employer support /academic

Telework – the new industrial revolution? : Home and work in the 21st century
London, Trades Union Congress, August 2001
This report looks at the reality of teleworking – working from home with the aid of a computer. It examines how telework might fit in with a progressive employment strategy to increase flexibility and individual choice and improve the work-life balance. The report looks at trends in teleworking, who actually teleworks, compares the UK picture with teleworking and home working across Europe and the United States, and discusses what the prospects are for telework in the future.
Subjects: flexible working arrangements
Audience: academic

Time off and special leave
London, Incomes Data Services Ltd, February 2002
IDS Studies Series
Overview of the time off arrangements, of a variety of organisations. Includes: public duties; court service; military training and call-out; trade union duties; personal and domestic leave; educational and sporting activities and sabbaticals and career breaks. Includes profiles of organisational arrangements, process and allowances.
Subjects: flexible working arrangements
Audience: employer support

Time well spent
Radhika Holmstrom, People Management 28 August 2003, pp. 24 – 25
Work-life balance is often difficult to achieve, but can be even more challenging for those working in HR, with it’s requirement for full-time cover and potential for the unexpected. This article explores experiences of women working in HR and how they cope with these demands.
Subject: work-life balance
Audience: employers

True flexibility at work: attitudes towards the 24/7 culture
Holton, Viki, Berkhamstead, Ashridge Management College, February 2002
ISBN: 0-90354-245-5
Report of research carried out into attitudes to flexible working of 250 senior managers in the UK. General findings were that flexible working is expected to become more prevalent and these attitudes appear to be informed by their own experiences of balancing work and home responsibilities.
Subjects: flexible working arrangements
Audience: academic

Turn it off: how to unplug from the anytime-anywhere office without disconnecting your career
Gordon, Gil, London, Nicholas Brealey Publishing Ltd, 2001
ISBN: 1-85788-300-4
Mobile office technology means that "wired workers" can conduct business outside office hours and from any location, leading to work invading personal time. This practical book provides advice on regaining control and obtaining a sense of balance. It includes tips for managing email, time and setting limits on the virtual office. The 100/60/0 model for balancing time and work is discussed.
Subjects: work life balance
Audience: self help

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Understanding the People and Performance Link
London: Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development, 2002 www.cipd.org.uk
Three-year investigation into the impact of people management practices on business performance, by looking inside “the black box”. Comprises of 12 organisational case studies.
Subject: business performance
Audience: academic

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What makes an excellent virtual manager?
A Smith, A Sinclair
Roffey Park, 2003
ISBN 0 907416 17 9
http://www.roffeypark.com/bookshop/researchreports.asp
Subject: Virtual or e-working

Where’s Daddy? The UK Fathering Deficit
Alexandra Jones and Stephen Bevan (pdf 170kb)
Subject: Work-life balance

Work and family life in the 21st century
Shirley Dex, Joseph Rowntree Foundation, September 2003
ISBN 1 85935 095 X
“An overview of a research programme examining the relationship between work and family life, drawing together the findings from 19 individual research projects to provide a comprehensive overview of the state of this relationship at the beginning of the twenty-first century, addressing issues such as childcare, caring for older relatives, employment and self-employment, flexible working, working unsociable hours and the ability to move with a job.”
Subject: work-life balance
Audience: academic

Work and parents
Kingston upon Thames Croner Publications Ltd, April 2002
ISBN: 1-85524-650-3
Comprehensive handbook on work and parenting issues. Each chapter provides background to the issue, legal requirements, best practice and sample policies.
Subjects: family friendly
Audience: employer support

Work, parenting and careers
London: CIPD, October 2002
Survey of the state of flexible working and how that impacts on society. With a focus on
both working parents and those who had stopped work in order to meet family commitments. Available as a free document on CIPD website, once registered as a guest.
Subject: family friendly
Audience: employer support

Working Mums: what impact on children’s early years development
Paul Gregg and Liz Washbrook, The Leverhulme Centre for Market and Public Organisation, Bristol University, Issue 9, August 2003, pp1 – 4
Overview of research into working mothers and their children’s cognitive development, based on birth cohorts from the early 1990s. Provides link to full academic research report.
Subject: diversity
Audience: academic

Working parents: a guide to the new rights
London, Labour Research Department Publications Ltd, March 2003
ISBN: 1-90054-479-2
Explanation of the maternity and parental leave regulations 2003 which means improvements for the employee in respect of maternity leave and pay, and paternity and adoption leave.
Subjects: family friendly
Audience: self help

Work-life balance
Managing Best Practice Series, The Work Foundation, August 2003
ISSN: 1355-1515
Survey and case study report, addressing attitudes, policies, measures, handling request, refusals, take-up, and organisational benefits. Case studies included are from award winning UK organisations.
Subject: work-life balance
Audience: employers

Work-Life Balance: A Guide for Organisations
Roffey Park, 2003
“This practical guide shows how to create a culture conducive to work-life balance; how HR practitioners can underpin and support this culture; how line managers can influence it whilst addressing their own work-life balance and how individual employees can take control of their working and personal lives.” Available to purchase from Roffey Park.
Subject: work-life balance
Audience: employers

Work-life balance: beyond the rhetoric
Kodz, J, Brighton, Institute for Employment Studies, 2002
ISBN: 1-85184-313-2
Report covering: work-life balance options offered by employees; take-up and benefits of these options; and obstacles and difficulties. Finds that take-up of flexible working options is low and that both managers and individuals need to be supported to overcome difficulties and barriers.
Subjects: work life balance
Audience: employer support

Work-Life Balance: Careers and The Psychological Contract
Horsham: Roffey Park Management Institute, 2000
This research suggests that work-life balance is an issue that appears to be exerting a
growing influence on employee career decisions.
Subject: work life balance
Audience: academic

Work-life balance IDS Study 698
London: Incomes Data Services, November 2000
Identifies the typical elements of a work-life balance policy and looks at the key factors involved in successfully implementing a scheme. Includes 6 case studies.
Subject: stress
Audience: employer support

Work-life balance’ revisited: Institute of Directors employment comment
London: Institute of Directors (Policy paper)
Accuses campaigners for a better balance between work and home life of distorting the truth and being “hell-bent of demonising the workplace”.
Subject: work-life balance
Audience: policy-maker

Work-life Balance Supplement
Employee Benefits August 2003
15-page supplement in Employee Benefits journal. Includes an update on work-life balance with book reviews, IT solutions and research. Full articles include: new legislation changes compelling employers to re-think their policies; maternity pay; sabbaticals and concierge services.
Subject: work-life balance
Audience: employers

Work-Life Balance: The Role of the Manager
Horsham: Roffey Park Management Institute, 2002
Regardless of whether formal policies are in place, it is the attitudes, skills and behaviours of line managers, which ultimately determine the success of flexible working arrangements.
Subject work life balance
Audience: academic

Work-life balance trainer’s manual: 15 ready-made development activities for trainers
Margaret Adams, Gower, October 2003
ISBN 0566085453
A manual, with CD ROM, of work-life balance activities for HR managers and trainers. Includes a variety of resources such as case studies, discussions, games and questionnaires.
Subject: work-life balance
Audience: employer

Work Life equation, The
Rebecca Bunn, Health and Safety at Work, September 2003, pp. 23 – 24.
ISSN 0141 8246
“Juggling work and personal commitments can affect employee’s health and well-being. Organisations benefit if their workers are content”. This short journal article outlines some of the initiatives organisations can implement to assist with employee well-being.
Subject: stress
Audience: employers

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