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1st Edition

Flexible Work
Designing our Healthier Future Lives

ISBN 9780367345662
Published April 15, 2020 by Routledge
268 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Flexible Work: Designing Our Healthier Future Lives examines flexible working through the lens of social science, in particular using psychological perspective to address not only what forms of flexible working there are and how they are evolving but also their prospect in the future of work. Bringing together views from thought-leaders and underpinned by research evidence, 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. Perspectives are provided from around the world 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, human resource practitioners, policy-influencers, policymakers and professionals interested in flexible work.

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PART I – Introduction

  1. Designing our Healthier Future Lives: Bridging Science and Policy for Flexible Work: The Pervasion of 'cog in the wheel' workplaces across time
  2. Sarah H. Norgate & Cary L. Cooper

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

    PART II – 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

    PART III – What Makes Flexible Working Work?

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

  13. Line Managers 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 J. 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 - A Twenty-First-Century Issue
  22. Kate Bell

    PART IV – 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 & Oznur Ozdamar

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

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

  31. Flexible Working for Older Workers

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Dr Sarah H. Norgate was formerly a Reader in Applied Developmental Psychology at the University of Salford, UK, and is a popular science author. Since completing her PhD at the University of Warwick, UK, she has widely published in both academic and practitioner journals and has enjoyed collaborating with diverse stakeholders on award-winning research. Sarah is also 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, UK, President of the CIPD and Co-Chair of the National Forum for Health and Wellbeing at 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, Trades Union Congress (TUC), UK

'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