Workplace flexibility [electronic resource] : realigning 20th-century jobs for a 21st-century workforce / edited by Kathleen Christensen and Barbara Schneider.

Ithaca : ILR Press, 2010.
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Although today's family has changed, the workplace has not-and the resulting one-size-fits-all workplace has become profoundly mismatched to the needs of an increasingly diverse and varied workforce. As changes in the composition of the workforce exert new demands on employers, considerable attention is being paid to how workplaces can be structured more flexibly to achieve the goals of employers and employees. Workplace Flexibility brings together sixteen essays authored by leading experts in economics, demography, political science, law, sociology, anthropology, and management. Collectively, they make the case for workplace flexibility, as well as examine existing business practices and public policy regarding flexibility in the United States, Europe, Australia, and Japan. Workplace Flexibility underscores the need to realign the structure of work in time and place with the needs of the changing workforce. Considering the positive and negative consequences for employer and employee alike, the authors argue that, although there is not an easy solution to creating and implementing flexibility practices-in the United States or abroad-redesigning the workplace is essential if today's workers are effectively to meet the demands of life and work and if employers are successfully able to attract and retain top talent and improve performance.
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  • Front matter
  • Contents
  • Preface
  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction: Evidence of the Worker and Workplace Mismatch / Christensen, Kathleen / Schneider, Barbara
  • Part 1. Twenty-First-Century Workers and Family Life
  • 1. The Long Reach of the Job: Employment and Time for Family Life / Bianchi, Suzanne M. / Wight, Vanessa R.
  • 2. Multitasking among Working Families: A Strategy for Dealing with the Time Squeeze / Offer, Shira / Schneider, Barbara
  • 3. Coming Together at Dinner: A Study of Working Families / Ochs, Elinor / Shohet, Merav / Campos, Belinda / Beck, Margaret
  • Part 2. The Misfit Between Old Workplaces And A New Workforce
  • 4. Customizing Careers By Opting Out Or Shifting Jobs: Dual-Earners Seeking Life-Course "Fit" / Moen, Phyllis / Huang, Qinlei
  • 5. Keeping Engaged Parents On The Road To Success / Hewlett, Sylvia Ann
  • 6. Elderly Labor Supply: Work Or Play? / Haider, Steven J. / Loughran, David S.
  • Part 3. Workplace Flexibility: Voluntary Employer Practices In The United States
  • 7. Employer-Provided Workplace Flexibility / Galinsky, Ellen / Sakai, Kelly / Eby, Sheila / Bond, James T. / Wigton, Tyler
  • 8. Will The Real Family-Friendly Employer Please Stand Up: Who Permits Work Hour Reductions For Childcare? / Hutchens, Robert / Nolen, Patrick
  • 9. Workplace Flexibility For Federal Civilian Employees / Christensen, Kathleen / Weinshenker, Matthew / Sisk, Blake
  • 10. The Odd Disconnect: Our Family-Hostile Public Policy Joan C. Williams / Williams, Joan C.
  • Part 4. Workplace Flexibility: Practices From Abroad
  • 11. Limiting Working Time And Supporting Flexibility For Employees: Public Policy Lessons From Europe / Gornick, Janet C.
  • 12. Parents' Experiences Of Flexible Work Arrangements In Changing European Workplaces / Lewis, Suzan / Dulk, Laura den
  • 13. Work Hours Mismatch In The United States And Australia / Drago, Robert / Wooden, Mark
  • 14. Renewed Energy For Change: Government Policies Supporting Workplace Flexibility In Australia / Bourke, Juliet
  • 15. Flexible Employment And The Introduction Of Work-Life Balance Programs In Japan / Osawa, Machiko
  • 16. Government Policies Supporting Workplace Flexibility: The State Of Play In Japan / Iwao, Sumiko
  • Conclusions: Solving The Workplace/Workforce Mismatch / Christensen, Kathleen / Schneider, Barbara
  • Notes
  • References
  • Contributors
  • Index
  • 922998074
  • 726824371
  • 979577005
  • 10.7591/9780801458446
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