English title: Work–Life Balance and the Demand for Reduction in Working Hours: Evidence from the British Social Attitudes Survey 2002

Author(s): John MacInnes -

Language: English

Type: Journal article

Year: 2005


Work–life balance policies aimed at reducing working hours are often assumed to be of particular interest to workers with family responsibilities such as young children. Although workers in Britain report the kind of time-stress envisaged by the debate over a ‘long-hours culture’, there is little relationship between workers’ family situation and preferences for working fewer hours. Women workers’ hours already reflect family commitments to some extent, while families with young children may need the income levels that only substantial working hours bring. Conversely workers without family commitments may have more capacity to swap income or career progression for increased leisure time.

Volume: 43

Issue: 2

From page no: 273

To page no: 295

Refereed: Yes

DOI: 10.1111/J.1467-8543.2005.00355.X

Journal: British Journal of Industrial Relations

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