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TitleWhere’s Daddy? The UK Fathering Deficit
Date2003
Material typeResearch Report
Abstract
Webhttp://www.theworkfoundation.com
Author(s)Jones, Alexandra and Bevan, Stephen
Industry Other services
CountryUnited Kingdom
Organisation size Medium (51-500)
TitleWho cares wins: the social and business benefits of supporting working carers
Date2006
Material typeResearch Report
AbstractThis research shows that the adoption of flexible working practices:
• Attracts and retains skilled staff
• Reduces employee stress and sick leave – in one case stress related absence was reduced by over a quarter (26 percent)
• Significantly increases productivity and improves service delivery – one business found productivity up by over 20 percent, equivalent to between £5-6 million on the company bottom line
• Need not be expensive – for example many companies found the cost of recruiting and training new members of staff greatly outweighed two to three days of emergency leave
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Author(s)Yeandle, Sue et al
Industry Other services
CountryUnited Kingdom
Organisation size Medium (51-500)

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TitleWho cares wins: the social and business benefits of supporting working carers – executive summary
Date2006
Material typeResearch Paper
AbstractExecutive summary
This research shows that the adoption of flexible working practices:
• Attracts and retains skilled staff
• Reduces employee stress and sick leave – in one case stress related absence was reduced by over a quarter (26 percent)
• Significantly increases productivity and improves service delivery – one business found productivity up by over 20 percent, equivalent to between £5-6 million on the company bottom line
• Need not be expensive – for example many companies found the cost of recruiting and training new members of staff greatly outweighed two to three days of emergency leave
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Author(s)Yeandle, Sue et al
Industry Other services
CountryUnited Kingdom
Organisation size Medium (51-500)
TitleWomen and flexible working in the NHS
Date2003
Material typeResearch Report
AbstractThis research examines the nature of flexible working within the NHS and its impact on women.
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Author(s)Coyle, Angela
Industry Other services
CountryUnited Kingdom
Organisation size Medium (51-500)

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TitleWomen in non-traditional training and employment
Date2005
Material typeWorking Paper
AbstractThis study captures the perspectives of women who have succeeded in entering training or employment in the non-traditional sectors of plumbing, construction, and engineering and information and communications technology.
Webhttp://www.eoc.org.uk
Author(s)Dale, Angela; Jackson, Nors and Hill, Nicky
Industry Other services
CountryUnited Kingdom
Organisation size Medium (51-500)
TitleWork and families: choice and flexibiliity. Draft regulations on maternity and adoption leave and flexibility working
Date2006
Material typeConsultation Paper
AbstractDraft regulations concerning maternity and adoption leave and flexibility working published for comment by stakeholders. Responses by 18 April 2006.
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Author(s)Department for Trade and Industry
Industry Other services
CountryUnited Kingdom
Organisation size Medium (51-500)

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TitleWork and families: choice and flexibility, Department for Trade and Industry response
Date2005
Material typeReport
AbstractA summary of responses to the work and families consultation about extending maternity paid leave and looking at extending the right to request flexible working.
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Author(s)Department for Trade and Industry
Industry Other services
CountryUnited Kingdom
Organisation size Medium (51-500)
TitleWork and families: choice and flexibility. Government response to public consultation
Date2005
Material typeReport
AbstractGovernment response to the work and families consultation on choice and flexibility which closed on 25 May 2005.
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Industry Other services
CountryUnited Kingdom
Organisation size Medium (51-500)

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TitleWork and families: choice and flexibility? TUC response
Date2005
Material typeConsultation Paper
AbstractTUC response to DTI consultation: ‘Work and Families: Choice and Flexibility’ – which addresses a number of key workplace issues.
Webhttp://www.tuc.org.uk/
Author(s)TUC
Industry Other services
CountryUnited Kingdom
Organisation size Medium (51-500)
TitleWork and parents
Date2002
Material typeBook
AbstractComprehensive handbook on work and parenting issues. Each chapter provides background to the issue, legal requirements, best practice and sample policies.
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Author(s)Croner
Industry Other services
CountryUnited Kingdom
Organisation size Medium (51-500)

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TitleWorking below potential: women and part-time work
Date2005
Material typeWorking Paper
AbstractThis research found that women often choose to work in jobs that do not make full use of their potential in order to combine work with caring and other responsibilities. Business is missing out on their skills and abilities, but what can be done?
Webhttp://www.eoc.org.uk/PDF/WP_40_full_report.pdf
Author(s)Grant, Linda, Yeandle, Sue, Buckner, Lisa
Industry Other services
CountryUnited Kingdom
Organisation size Medium (51-500)
TitleWorking conditions and gender in an enlarged Europe
Date2005
Material typeOnline Database
AbstractWorking conditions and gender in an enlarged Europe presents a comparative study of working conditions for women in 10 central eastern European countries (CEECs). Some eight of these countries (Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia) are among the 10 new Member States (NMS) of the European Union, while Bulgaria and Romania are two candidate countries in the process of joining.
Webhttp://www.eurofound.eu.int/
Author(s)European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions
Industry Other services
CountryUnited Kingdom
Organisation size Medium (51-500)

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TitleWorking fathers: earning and caring: a review of recent literature on fathers in employment and secondary analysis of existing data sets.
Date2003
Material typeResearch Discussion
AbstractThis report provide a review of literature on fathers in employment focusing on both their ability to balance work with family life and the role they play within the family
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Author(s)O’Brien, Margaret and Shemlit, Ian
Industry Other services
CountryUnited Kingdom
Organisation size Medium (51-500)
TitleWorking hours in the UK
Date2005
Material typeFactsheet
AbstractThis factsheet draws data on official survey evidence published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) as well as on CIPD surveys and other independent research studies.
Webhttp://www.cipd.co.uk/
Vol/Issue (Revised)
Author(s)CIPD
Industry Other services
CountryUnited Kingdom
Organisation size Medium (51-500)

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TitleWorking parents: a guide to the new rights
Date2003
Material typeReport
AbstractExplanation 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.
Webhttp://www.lrd.org.uk
Author(s)Labour Research Department
Industry Other services
CountryUnited Kingdom
Organisation size Medium (51-500)
TitleWorking-time preferences and work–life balance in the EU: some policy considerations for enhancing the quality of life
Date2003
Material typeReport
AbstractThis report examines working-time arrangements in the European Union and finds that current working-time arrangements are out of step with with the preferences of many men and women and their assessments of the degree of compatibility between their work schedules and their family and other commitments.
Web
Author(s)Fagan, Colette
Industry Other services
CountryUnited Kingdom
Organisation size Medium (51-500)

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TitleWorking to live or living to work? Work-life balance early in the career, In: Human Resource Management Journal
Date2004
Material typeArticle
AbstractThis article reports the findings of research that explored relationships between work-life balance, work/non-work conflict, hours worked and organisational commitment among a sample of graduates in the early years of their career.
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Vol/IssueVol. 14, Issue 4 p5-20
Author(s)Sturges, Jane and Guest, David
Industry Other services
CountryUnited Kingdom
Organisation size Medium (51-500)
TitleWorking to the limit: stress and work?life balance in academic and academic ? Author(s): Kinman, Gail and Jones, Fiona
Date2004
Material typeResearch Report
AbstractThis study assesses the stressors and job-related strains currently experienced by academic and academic-related employees in the UK. It also examines the issue of work?life balance experienced by university.
Web
Industry Other services
CountryUnited Kingdom
Organisation size Medium (51-500)

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TitleWork-life balance: a guide for organisations
Date2003
Material typeResearch Report
AbstractThis practical work-life balance guide help companies to think about the various work-life roles and responsibilities of different groups within their organisations. Includes case studies of named organisations.
Webhttp://www.roffeypark.com/
Author(s)McCartney, C
Industry Other services
CountryUnited Kingdom
Organisation size Medium (51-500)

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TitleWork-life balance: a survey of local authorities
Date2001
Material typeSurvey Report
AbstractThe survey report provides an overview of flexible working options in local authorities. While only 9% provide workplace facilities, local authorities compare favourably with employers generally, and 88% cite ‘fostering good employment relations’ as a benefit of work life balance arrangements.
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Author(s)DETR
Industry Other services
CountryUnited Kingdom
Organisation size Medium (51-500)
TitleWork-life balance: beyond the rhetoric
Date2000
Material typeSurvey Report
AbstractReport 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.
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Author(s)Kodz, J
Industry Other services
CountryUnited Kingdom
Organisation size Medium (51-500)

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TitleWork-Life Balance, careers and the psychological contract
Date2000
Material typeResearch Report
AbstractThis research suggests that work-life balance is an issue that appears to be exerting a growing influence on employee career decisions.
Webhttp://www.roffeypark.com
Author(s)Glynn, C
Industry Other services
CountryUnited Kingdom
Organisation size Medium (51-500)
TitleWork-life balance, management practices and productivity
Date2006
Material typeReport
AbstractA survey of 732 medium sized manufacturing firms in the US, France, Germany and the UK, finds that work life balance is significantly associated with better management, but does not necessarily lead to improved productivity.
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Author(s)Bloom, Nick
Industry Manufacturing
CountryUnited Kingdom
Organisation size Medium (51-500)

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TitleWork-Life Balance : Motor für wirtschaftliches Wachstum und gesellschaftliche Stabilität
Date2005
Material typeResearch Report
AbstractThis survey of German employers – including Bertelsman, Commerzbank, DaimlerChrysler, DeutscheTelekom, Fraaport, Vattenfall Europe, Voith and the Federal Insurance Institution for Salaried Employees – looked at their work-life balance policies and the effects on each organisation. Conducted by Prognos for the German government, it found that the work-life balance policies led to increased productivity for the employers, and helped support economic growth by increasing labour market participation. It recommends that employers include their work-life balance policies in their Corporate Social Responsibility reports –or Operating & Financial Reviews, in the UK. The full report is in German.
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Author(s)Bundesministerium fur Familie, Seniorum, Frauen und Jugend, and Prognos
Industry Other services
CountryUnited Kingdom
Organisation size Medium (51-500)
TitleWork-life balance policy and procedure
Date2005
Material typeCase study
AbstractThis policy from the West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust outlines policy and procedure relating to work-life balance.
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Author(s)West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust
Industry Other services
CountryUnited Kingdom
Organisation size Medium (51-500)

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TitleWork-life balance strategies: progress and problems in Australian organisations
Date2002
Material typeWorking Paper
AbstractUsing three surveys conducted between 1997 and 2000, this article explores the range and usage of work life balance strategies in Australian organisations and explores the barriers to those strategies.
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Author(s)Helen De Cieri, Barbara Holmes, Jacqui Abbott and Trisha Pettit
Industry Other services
CountryAustralia
Organisation size Medium (51-500)
TitleWork-Life Balance: the role of the manager
Date2002
Material typeResearch Report
AbstractRegardless 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.
Webhttp://www.roffeypark.com
Author(s)Glynn, C
Industry Other services
CountryUnited Kingdom
Organisation size Medium (51-500)

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TitleWork, parenting and careers
Date2002
Material typeSurvey Report
AbstractThe survey looks at the state of flexible working and how that impacts on society. It focus on both working parents and those who had stopped work in order to meet family commitments.
Webhttp://www.cipd.co.uk
Author(s)Chartered Institute of Personnel Development
Industry Other services
CountryUnited Kingdom
Organisation size Medium (51-500)
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