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Flexible Working Arrangements: From Work–Life to Gender Equity Policies

Suzan Lewis and Ian Roper

in The Oxford Handbook of Personnel Psychology

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780199234738
Published online September 2009 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199234738.003.0018

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Business and Management C

 Flexible Working Arrangements: From Work–Life to Gender Equity Policies

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This article discusses the social and psychological cases for gender equity and for policies and practices to support the integration of work and non-work life. As the implementation of flexible working arrangements (FWAs) is influenced by public policy provisions, it considers the regulatory background from a European/UK perspective before going on to consider the types of “work–life” policies or FWAs introduced in organizations. Furthermore, the article discusses the impact and effectiveness of these policies and residual barriers to their success. Such outcomes include wellbeing and perceived organizational justice, as well as organizational learning and other organizational issues. The article finally demonstrates the interrelationships between individual and workplace outcomes, emphasizing the limitations of policy alone and the importance of implementation and practice.

Keywords: gender equity; flexible working; public policy; organizational justice; organizational learning

Article.  11116 words. 

Subjects: Business and Management ; Human Resource Management ; Organizational Theory and Behaviour

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