This report is the first to examine attitudes towards flexible working and family life. Drawing on a study of over 1500 members of the Amalgamated Electrical and Engineering Union (AEEU) and interviews with 53 AEEU shop stewards, the report:
* examines attitudes to, and uptake of, flexible working practices among employees who work full-time;
* compares the attitudes of women and men, those who do and do not have caring responsibilities and those at different occupational levels;
* considers the ways in which workplace culture and individual circumstances determine attitudes to flexible working;
* explores the career implications of flexible working.
Dr Diane Houston runs the Work-Life Research Group at the University of Kent, where she is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology. She has also worked in an advisory capacity for the Equal Opportunities Commission and the Women and Equality Unit in the Department for Trade and Industry. Julie Waumsley was the research associate on the Attitudes to Work and Family Life research project. She is currently completing a PhD in work psychology and also training to become an Accredited Sports Psychologist.
Introduction; Research methods; What is flexible working?; Employment benefits and family life; Attitudes and intentions towards flexible working arrangements; Family, stress and conflict; The impact of workplace culture on flexible working, conflict and occupational outcomes; A model of orientation to work and personal life; Conclusions and implications for policy.