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Flexible Work

Designing our Healthier Future Lives, 1st Edition

Edited by Sarah Norgate, Cary Cooper


272 pages | 9 B/W Illus.

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Flexible Work: Designing Our Healthier Future Lives examines flexible working from a psychological perspective and presents research evidence from social science to address what forms of flexible working there are and how they are evolving. Bringing together views from thought-leaders, research evidence and recommendations around making flexible working work, this book addresses two of the most fundamental business challenges for large and medium organisations - mental health and productivity – calling for the bridging of science and policy to design flexible working for our future healthier lives.

Growing from these foundations, this book explains the latest landscape in flexible working, looking at employee psychological health and productivity, including showing up for work sick. Academics and thought-leaders from around the world provide perspectives on leadership, line management, ‘over attachment’ with technology, commuting, skill-based inequality and control over working time. Readers are offered insights into the relevance of flexible working for a diverse workforce – invisible disabilities, disabilities, older workers and blended families. Throughout, the book offers suggestions for shaping future policy, practice and research.

Each chapter concludes with recommendations, making this essential reading for students, academics, HR practitioners, policy-influencers, policymakers and professionals interested in flexible work.


"We all want happier, healthier and more productive working lives and two-way flexibility is a key part of the answer. A driving force in this book is the compelling argument around how we make flexible working work to give workers more control over where and how they work. This is essential reading for anyone who wants to build better, fairer and more humane workplaces". - Frances O’Grady, General Secretary, TUC.

"Disruptive changes in the nature of work and of working life have far reaching implications for human and economic health and wellbeing across society. This book provides essential foundations for wise and well-informed discussions to guide the actions now necessary." - Professor Dame Carol Black, Advisor on Health and Work to Public Health England and UK National Health Service Improvement.

Table of Contents

SECTION 1 – Introduction

  1. Designing our Healthier Future Lives: Bridging Science and Policy for Flexible Work
  2. Sarah Norgate & Cary Cooper

  3. A Flexible Working Future – The Opportunities and Challenges
  4. Peter Cheese

    SECTION 2 – The Impact of Flexible Working on Health and Productivity

  5. Employees’ Psychological Health and The Impact of Flexible Working Arrangements
  6. Carolyn Timms, Paula Brough & Xi Wen (Carys) Chan

  7. Workplace Flexibility Increases Productivity Throughout Presenteeism: A Conceptual Framework
  8. Sara L. Lopes & Aristides I. Ferreira

  9. Flexible Working and Quality of Life: Compatible?
  10. Sarah Jackson & Jonathan Swan

    Section 3 – What Makes Flexible Working Work?

  11. Leadership in Flexible Working Systems
  12. Anika Cloutier & Julian Barling

  13. Line Management and Flexible Working
  14. Sharon Clarke

  15. The Balanced Communications Diet for Business: Principles for Working Smarter, Not Harder in A Connected World
  16. Nicola Millard

  17. The Impact of The Commute on Our Mental Health and Physical Health Within the Context of Flexible and Non-Flexible Working
  18. Anna Mary Cooper-Ryan, Charlotte Stonier & Abolanle Gbadamosi

  19. Flexible Working and Skill-Biased Inequality: Causes and Consequences
  20. Egidio Riva & Marcello Russo

  21. Control Over Working Time - 21st Century Issue
  22. Kate Bell

    SECTION 4 – Flexible Working for Particular Groups of Workers

  23. Supporting Employees with Invisible Disabilities via Flexible Work
  24. Alexandra Duval, Duygu Gulseren & E.Kevin Kelloway

  25. Workers with Disabilities: The Role of Flexible Employment Schemes
  26. Eleftherios Giovanis & Öznur Ozdamar

  27. Lone Parents and Blended Families: Advocating Flexible Working to Support Families in Transition
  28. Anneke Schaefer, Caroline Gatrell & Laura Radcliffe

  29. Employee Flexible Work Arrangement Needs and Requests and Employer Provisions across Age Groups
  30. Bernice Kotey & Stuart Wark

  31. Flexible Working for Older Workers

Carol Atkinson

About the Editors

Dr. Sarah H. Norgate was formerly a Reader in Applied Developmental Psychology at the University of Salford and is a popular science author. Since completing her PhD at the University of Warwick, she has authored 29 peer review papers and has enjoyed collaborating partnered with diverse stakeholders on award-winning research, she also is a fellow for life with the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust.

Sir Cary L. Cooper is the 50th Anniversary Professor of Organizational Psychology and Health at the ALLIANCE Manchester Business School, University of Manchester, President of the CIPD and Co-Chair of the National Forum for Health and Wellbeing at Work.

About the Series

Current Issues in Work and Organizational Psychology

Current Issues in Work and Organizational Psychology is a series of edited books that reflect the state-of-the-art areas of current and emerging interest in the psychological study of employees, workplaces and organizations. 

Each volume is tightly focused on a particular topic and consists of seven to ten chapters contributed by international experts. The editors of individual volumes are leading figures in their areas and provide an introductory overview.

Example topics include: digital media at work, work and the family, workaholism, modern job design, positive occupational health and individualised deals.

Professor Sir Cary Cooper, CBE is the 50th Anniversary Professor of Organizational Psychology and Health at the ALLIANCE Manchester Business School, University of Manchester, President of the CIPD, President of the British Academy of Management, President of RELATE, and President of the Institute of Welfare. He is a Companion of the Chartered Management Institute and one of only a few UK Fellows of the (American) Academy of Management.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Applied Psychology