1st Edition

Managing the Flexible Workforce

By Richard Pettinger Copyright 1998

    The average workforce today is far different to that of a few years ago. Companies now employ more freelancers and temporary staff, while there is increased job-sharing and sub-contracting, not to mention more staff working from home. This brings with it its own particular set of problems for managers. Here, Richard Pettinger looks at the changing employment situation today and outlines what the flexible workforce is, what flexible working is and how to manage both successfully. The text includes sections on conceptual aspects, motivations, empowerment, organizational streamlining, and management qualities and performance.

    List of summary boxes and figures -- Preface -- 1 Introduction -- Flexible workforce -- Conclusions -- 2 Hours and patterns of work -- Introduction -- Work content -- Hours of work -- Other patterns of work -- Use of subcontractors, agencies and specialists -- Conclusions -- 3 Contractual arrangements -- Contracts of employment -- Employment law -- Conclusions -- 4 Motivation and rewards -- Motivation theories -- Work motivation -- Pay and benefits -- Conclusions -- 5 Staffing the flexible workforce -- Introduction -- Equal opportunities -- Staff planning -- High quality staff -- Training and development -- Industrial relations -- Conclusions -- 6 Management and the flexible workforce -- Introduction -- Management style -- Management qualities -- Management training -- Management performance -- Conclusions -- 7 Flexible working in practice -- Organization structure and forms -- Culture -- Conditions -- Supervision -- High quality staff -- Other factors -- Conclusions -- Appendix A: Employment law in the UK: the legal framework -- Appendix B: The European Community Social Charter -- Appendix C: Glossary -- Bibliography -- Index.


    Richard Pettinger