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Title: Tackling stress at work: a trade unionists guide
Corporate Author: Labour Research Department
Date: 2002
Website: www.lrd.org.uk/
Abstract: 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.
Subject: stress ; work-life balance; trade union
Material Type: Report
Audience: academics; employer

Title: True flexibility at work: attitudes towards the 24/7 culture
Author: Holton, Viki
Date: 2002
Abstract: 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.
Subject: work-life balance; flexible working
Material Type: Research  Report
Audience: academics

Title: Turn it off: how to unplug from the anytime-anywhere office without disconnecting your career
Author: Gordon, Gil
Date: 2001
Abstract: 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.
Subject: work-life balance; flexible working; virtual teams
Material Type: Book
Audience: self-help

Title: Twenty4 – seven survey
Authors: Hurst, Julie and Bake, Dr Sarah
Date: 2005
Website: http://www.24-7survey.co.uk
Abstract: This is the main finding of the fifth 24/7 Work life balance survey . The report looks at attitudes to work, its effects on family life and individual health.
Subject: work-life balance; flexible working; virtual teams
Material Type: Survey Report
Audience: self-help; policy-maker; employer; individuals

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Title: Voices of Canadians: seeking work-life balance
Corporate Author: Canadian Department of Social Development
Date: 2003
Website: http://www.sdc.gc.ca/en/home.shtml
Abstract: This report is a compilation of the comments of Canadian workers regarding how they feel about the stress they are facing in their daily lives as they seek to balance work and family. It makes recommendations for employers and government about how they can reduce work-life conflict.
Subject: work-life balance; flexible working; stress; occupational health
Material Type: Report
Audience: policy-maker; employer; individuals; academics

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  Title: Where’s Daddy? The UK Fathering Deficit
Authors: Jones, Alexandra and Bevan, Stephen
Date: December 2003
Website: www.theworkfoundation.com
Abstract: Report considers the causes of the UK’s growing ‘Fathering Deficit’, present findings from a survey of working fathers, and suggest adjustments to both policy and practice.
Subject: fathers; flexible working; work-life balance
Material Type: Report
Audience: policymakers; employers; academics

Title: Women and flexible working in the NHS
Author: Coyle, Angela
Date: 2003
Abstract: This research examines the nature of flexible working within the NHS and its impact on women.
Subject: work-life balance; absence; stress; occupational health
Material Type: Research  Report
Audience: policy-maker; employer; individuals; academics

Title: Women in non-traditional training and employment
Authors: Dale, Angela; Jackson, Nors and Hill, Nicky
Date: 2005
Website: http://www.eoc.org.uk
Abstract : This 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.
Subject: occupational segregation; women; gender; employment; survey
Material Type: Working paper
Audience: academics; employers

Title: Work and families: choice and flexibility – TUC response
Corporate Author: TUC
Date:
2005
Website: http://www.tuc.org.uk/
Abstract: T UC response to DTI consultation: ‘Work and Families: Choice and Flexibility’ – which addresses a number of key workplace issues.
Subject: family friendly; work life balance; hours of work
Material Type: Consultation Paper
Audience: academics

Title: Work and family life in the 21st century
Author: Dex, Shirley
Date: 2003
Website: http://www.jrf.org.uk
Abstract: “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; flexible working
Material Type: Research  Report
Audience: academics

Title: Work and parents
Corporate Author: Croner
Date: 2002
Abstract: Comprehensive handbook on work and parenting issues. Each chapter provides background to the issue, legal requirements, best practice and sample policies.
Subject: work-life balance; flexible working
Material Type: Book
Audience: employer support

Title: Work, parenting and careers
Corporate Author: Chartered Institute of Personnel Development
Date: 2002
Website: http://www.cipd.co.uk
Abstract: The 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.
Subject: work-life balance; flexible working
Material Type: Survey Report
Audience: employer support

Title: Working beyond 60: key policies and practices in Europe
Author: Reday-Mulvey, Geneviève
Date: 2005
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Abstract: This book provides an in-depth analysis of the growing importance of work beyond sixty and a comparative discussion of new policies in several EU Member States as well as of company practice
Subject: older workers; ageing population; flexible working; employment
Material Type: Book
Audience: employer; academics; individuals

Title: Working fathers: earning and caring: a review of recent literature on fathers in employment and secondary analysis of existing data sets.
Authors: O’Brien, Margaret and Shemlit, Ian
Date: 2003
Abstract : This 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
Subject: family friendly; work life balance; hours of work
Material Type: Research Discussion
Audience: academics

Title: Working hours in the UK
Corporate Author: CIPD
Date: 2005 (Revised)
Website: http://www.cipd.co.uk/
Abstract: This 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.
Subject: hours of work; working time; flexible working
Material Type: Factsheet
Audience: employer; individuals; self-help; policy maker

Title: Working parents: a guide to the new rights
Corporate Author: Labour Research Department
Date: 2003
Website: http://www.lrd.org.uk
Abstract: 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.
Subject: work-life balance; maternity leave; paternity leave; parental leave; employment law
Material Type: Report
Audience: self-help

Title: Working to live or living to work? Work/life balance early in the career, In: Human Resource Management Journal
Authors: Sturges, Jane and Guest, David
Date: 2004, Vol. 14, Issue 4 p5-20
Abstract: This 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.
Subject: work-life balance; hours of work; flexible working; psychological contract.
Material Type: Article
Audience: academics; employer

Title: Working to the limit: stress and work–life balance in academic and academic …
Authors:
Kinman, Gail and Jones, Fiona
Date: 2004
Abstract: This 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.
Subject: work-life balance; flexible working; stress
Material Type: Research  Report
Audience: employer; academics; individuals

Title: Work-life balance
Corporate Author: The Work Foundation
Date: 2003
Website: www.theworkfoundation.com
Abstract: 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; flexible working; flexible benefits
Material Type: Survey Report
Audience: employer; academics

Title: Work-life balance: a guide for organisations
Author: McCartney, C
Date: 2003
Website: http://www.roffeypark.com/
Abstract: This 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.
Subject: work-life balance; flexible working; flexible benefits
Material Type: Research Report
Audience: employer

Title: Work-life balance: beyond the rhetoric
Author: Kodz, J
Date: 2002
Website: http://www.employment-studies.co.uk/main/index.php
Abstract: 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.
Subject: work-life balance; flexible working; flexible benefits
Material Type: Survey  Report
Audience: employer support

Title: Work-Life Balance, careers and the psychological contract
Author: Glynn, C
Date: 2000
Website: http://www.roffeypark.com
Abstract: 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; flexible working; flexible benefits; psychological contract
Material Type: Research  Report
Audience: employer; academics

Title: Work-Life Balance: the role of the manager
Author: Glynn, C
Date: 2002
Website: http://www.roffeypark.com
Abstract: 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; flexible working; flexible benefits; psychological contract
Material Type: Research  Report
Audience: academics

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