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.
SECTION 1 – Introduction
Sarah Norgate & Cary Cooper
SECTION 2 – The Impact of Flexible Working on Health and Productivity
Carolyn Timms, Paula Brough & Xi Wen (Carys) Chan
Sara L. Lopes & Aristides I. Ferreira
Sarah Jackson & Jonathan Swan
Section 3 – What Makes Flexible Working Work?
Anika Cloutier & Julian Barling
Anna Mary Cooper-Ryan, Charlotte Stonier & Abolanle Gbadamosi
Egidio Riva & Marcello Russo
SECTION 4 – Flexible Working for Particular Groups of Workers
Alexandra Duval, Duygu Gulseren & E.Kevin Kelloway
Eleftherios Giovanis & Öznur Ozdamar
Anneke Schaefer, Caroline Gatrell & Laura Radcliffe
Bernice Kotey & Stuart Wark
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.