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Work-life balance - Latest research

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About Time for Change
Alexandra Jones (pdf 276kb)
Subject: Work-life balance

Absence and labour turnover survey 2003
London: Confederation of British Industry
Annual survey of absence and labour turnover in UK plc.
Subject: absence
Audience: employer support

Absence and leave
London, Industrial Relations Services 2002
ISBN: 0-75451-953-8
Analysis of all types of absence and leave. Issues addressed include: absence and leave and the law; measuring absence; absence policy; managing attendance; cost of absence; different types of leave - for example, annual, maternity, parental, study, religious holidays, public duties, trade union activities and management of leave.
Subject: absence
Audience: employer support

Absence to Attendance (From)
Alastair Evans & Mike Walters, CIPD, 2002
Helps HR practitioners seeking to put in place effective low-absence strategies.
Subject: absence
Audience: employer support

Accounting for People Report
Accounting for People Taskforce
Report into human capital reporting
Subject: Business performance
Audience: Employer, policy maker

Age equality comes of age
IPPR
'Sex, race and age are useful ways of classifying populations because they tell us something about what happens on average. But they tell us little or nothing about an individual. Science and justice demand that the needs and capabilities of individuals are assessed individually, without prejudice from their sex, race or age. This book shows us how science can and should inform justice in public policy.'
http://www.ippr.org/publications/index.php?current=7&book=396
Subject: Diversity
Audience: policy maker

Age neutral application form - http://www.efa.org.uk/category.asp?cid=44&num=
The Employers Forum on Age has produced an application form and guidance notes to eliminate age bias from job applications.
Subject: diversity
Audience: employers, individuals

Annual report on equal opportunities for women and men in the European Union 2002
Luxembourg, Commission of the European Communities, 2002
Report from the EU on equal opportunities in 2002. Addresses issues such as: progress on gender equality legislation and case law; equal pay; harassment; women's participation in decision making and adoption of gender legislation in member countries.
Subjects: diversity
Audience: academic

Are you happy at work? : job satisfaction and work-life balance in the US and Europe
Oswald, Andrew Place: Warwick
Finds that job satisfaction is U-shaped over the life cycle. Examines the characteristics associated with high levels of job satisfaction.
Subjects: work life balance
Audience: academic

Around the clock: childcare services at atypical times
York, June Statham and Ann Mooney, Joseph Rountree Foundation, July 2003
ISBN 1 86134 502 X
Research report on the changes to the UK’s service-based economy and the move towards 24-hour operation, which require parents to work outside traditional 'nine-to-five' hours, Monday to Friday, and the childcare options open to them. This study by researchers at the Thomas Coram Research Unit looked at the barriers to developing childcare services to cover atypical working hours, and explored factors that may help to facilitate service development.
Subject: family friendly
Audience: Policy maker

Attitudes to flexible working and family life - Exec Summary
Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Attitudes of shop stewards to flexible working hours in the engineering industry are explored in a new report by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation - http://www.jrf.org.uk/knowledge/findings/socialpolicy/d53.asp
Subject: Flexible working
Audience: employer, policy maker

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Balanced Lives: Changing work patterns for men New Ways to Work
London: New Ways to Work
Draws on the views and experiences of over 100 men who are working reduced and flexible hours, taking career breaks and working from home. Includes 17 case studies.
Subject: flexible working arrangements
Audience: academic

Balancing work and family life: enhancing choice and support for parents
Norwich, HMSO, January 2003
Outlines the Government's strategy to help parents. Summarises measures coming into effect in April 2003.
Subjects: family friendly
Audience: employer support/self help

Balancing work and home in the voluntary sector
Working families. December 2004
This report raises awareness on work-life balance issues within the sector. Review the current state of the voluntary sector and highlight good practices that have developed during the project.
Subject: Work life balance, Family friendly
Audience: Employer, indevidual, policy maker

Beating the 24/7: how business leaders achieve a successful work-life balance
Fletcher, Winston, Chichester, John Wiley and Sons Ltd, 2002
ISBN: 0-47084-762-X
Collection of profiles from prominent business leaders, where they discuss their experiences of the "cash rich but time poor" lifestyle their commitments require of them.
Subjects: work life balance
Audience: employer support

Being positive about age diversity at work: a practical guide for business
London, Department for Work and Pensions, 2002
This publication updates the Code of practice on Age diversity. It offers employers guidance on how to improve their age policies and covers recruitment, selection, promotion, training and development, redundancy and retirement.
Subjects: diversity
Audience: employer support

Benefiting from a Balanced Life
London: Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development, 1999
A survey of 2000 people management professionals looking at the range of benefits to
assist staff in their work/life balance. Available as a free document on CIPD website, once registered as a guest.
Subject: work life balance
Audience: employer support

Blurring the home/work boundary: profiling employers who allow working from home
Felstead, Alan, Leicester, Centre for Labour Market Studies, April 2001
ISSN: 1469-1531
This paper examines how many workplaces offer non-managerial staff the option to work at home. In so doing, it identifies the characteristics of workplaces where working at home is permitted. The paper also tests 12 hypotheses, which emerged from a review of the family-friendly and working at home literature.
Subjects: flexible working arrangements
Audience: academic

Book of balanced living: options to take control of your time, work and life
McCarraher, Lucy, London, Spiro Press, 2002
ISBN: 1-90429-809-5
Chapters include: Evaluating your personal and material needs; finding the right work; and practical tips relating to stress, childcare and support. Case studies and exercises to achieve balanced living are included.
Subjects: work life balance
Audience: self help

Breaking the long hours culture
Brighton: Institute for Employment Studies, 1998
ISBN: 1-85184-281-0
Report discusses the reasons why employees in the United Kingdom work the longest hours in Europe.
Subject: organisational culture
Audience: employer support

Burnt Out or Burning Bright? The Effect of Stress in the Workplace
London: The Mental Health Foundation, 2001
ISBN: 1 903645 10 7
Research into the effects of stress in the workplace compiled following discussions with directors, senior executives and human resource managers at companies including Credit Suisse First Boston, Volvo Car UK Limited and Pearson plc and is supplemented by a review of current literature on stress at work.
Subject: stress
Audience: employer support/academic

Business case, The
London, Department of Trade and Industry, September 2001
This report illustrates how innovative companies have used policies to reduce absenteeism, boost productivity and reduce long hours.
Subjects: business performance
Audience: employer support

Business case for diversity and equality
London, Women and Equality Unit, DTI, June 2003
Booklet outlining the business case for diversity at work, which will be necessary given the demographic changes in the labour market. Focuses on benefits to the organisation and shareholders. Includes brief case studies of major UK corporations who have taken action on equality and diversity.
Subject: Business performance
Audience: employers

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Call centres 2002: reward and work-life strategies
London, Industrial Relations Services, September 2002
ISBN: 0-40696-359-2
Annual survey of call centres. Issues addressed include: pay benchmarking; incentives schemes; recruitment; retention and work life balance. Statistics throughout.
Subjects: work life balance
Audience: employer support

Caring and counting: the impact of mothers' employment on family relationships
The Policy Press, July 2003
ISBN: 1-86134-534-8
Research report on "Mothers’ employment is widely perceived as having far-reaching effects on family relationships. The main work-life balance policies promoted by the government focus on the amount of time the mother spends at work. This report challenges this approach. It suggests that what happens inside the workplace and how this interacts with family life is just as important."
Subject: diversity
Audience: policy makers

Changing Times: TUC guide to work life balance
London: TUC
Free fortnightly e-newsletter from the TUC, whose aim is to discuss changes at work, and how increased flexibility can benefit both employers and employees. In addition the TUC have produced, in association with the DTI, a report of the same name, which sets out a process designed by the TUC to achieve changes in the organisation of working time that will benefit both employer and employee. It is a practical step-by-step guide to implementing work-life balance strategies, which enhance productivity and efficiency.
Subject: flexible working arrangements
Audience: employer support

Changing patterns of work: advisory booklet
Leicester, Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service, 2002
Describes various patterns of working time and indicates their advantages and disadvantages. Covers: flexible working hours (part-time work, overtime, flexitime, Sunday working); flexible working weeks (job sharing, compressed working weeks); from shift working to flexible working year (shift work, annual hours); flexible contracts (temporary working, sub-contracting, zero hours contracts); flexible places of work (teleworking); and flexible working lives (career breaks). Appendices cover planning a shift rota, types of shift system and The Working Time Regulations 1998. The online version was updated October 2002.
Subjects: flexible working arrangements
Audience: employer support/self help

Childcare for working parents: fifth report of session 2002-3
Norwich, TSO, July 2003
ISBN: 0215011481
Report and minutes from the House of Commons Work and Pensions select committee on working parents and childcare. Issues addressed include: Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) vision of childcare; provision of childcare; funding of childcare providers; children’s centres; childcare tax credit; informal care funding; tax incentives for employers and the childcare workforce.
Subject: family friendly
Audience: academic

Children before money
Angela Phillips, The Guardian, 30 July 2003. Search the Guardian website with the above title.
Analysis of unofficial industrial action taken by British Airways staff, when new working arrangements were imposed. It is proposed that staff felt these would jeopardise their pre-existing work-life balance arrangements. Author suggests that this may become a wider issue as more women, with caring responsibilities, enter the work force.
Subject: flexible working
Audience: employer

Combining self-employment and family life
Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Research into how self-employment affects the family.
Subject: Work-life balance
Audience: Employer, policy maker

Complicated lives: sophisticated consumers, intricate life styles, simple solutions
Michael Willmott and William Nelson, John Wiley, August 2003
ISBN: 0-470-85701-3
Suggests that life has become a complex range of choices for individuals, many of which affect the way we feel about the time available for work and home. This book, drawing on a 3-year project carried out with the Abbey National, is about such complexity and the challenges that it presents to companies and organisations seeking to be consumer-led.
Subject: business performance
Audience: employer

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Dads on dads: needs and expectations at home and at work
Hatton, Warren, London , Equal Opportunities Commission
ISBN: 1-84206-036-8
Research study, undertaken in conjunction with MORI, into fathers' perceptions and experiences of balancing working life with their family role and responsibilities.
Subjects: diversity
Audience: self help/ employer support

Delivering on gender equality
A new initiative to encourage government departments to focus on key gender priorities has been launched by industry secretary Patricia Hewitt. Delivering on gender equality sets out the government’s priorities in areas including childcare, equal pay, flexible working, public appointments and domestic violence.
Subject: diversity
Audience: policy maker

Demanding Society(The): Managing Work in 2010
London: Ceridian Centrefile, 2002
Survey looks at the employer and employee's point of view and investigates what changes are required to shape the future work of work.
Subject: organisational culture
Audience: employer support /academic

Desperately seeking flexibility: is job share the answer?
Savage, Carol, Knell, John, Janman, Karen Dr, London, Industrial Society, 2001
ISBN: 1-85835-980-5
This study explores the characteristics of flexible working and job sharing among senior managers in the UK. A joint study between The Industrial Society, The Resource Connection and SHL
Subjects: flexible working arrangements
Audience: academic

Diversity in the workplace
London, Industrial Relations Services, 2002
ISBN: 0-75451-955-4
Overview of diversity in the workplace. Issues addressed include: context of the diversity versus equal opportunities debate; the organisational case for diversity; organisational objectives and strategy; diversity and the law; case studies and model policies.
Subjects: diversity
Audience: employer support

Dream On  - http://www.demos.co.uk/catalogue/dreamon/
Sleep in the 24/7 society
London, Demos 2004

On any working day, a quarter of all managers in Britain are likely to be in a bad mood because they have not slept well.  This report exposes how a combination of long hours and high-pressure jobs is affecting people's sleep and creating a cycle of tiredness and stress.
Subject: stress
Audience: employers, academic, individuals

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