Work-Life Balance in the 21st Century

  • Diane M. Houston

Part of the The Future of Work Series book series (TFW)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Diane M. Houston
    Pages 1-10
  3. Alison L. Booth, Jeff Frank
    Pages 11-28
  4. Catherine Hakim
    Pages 55-79
  5. Diane M. Houston, Gillian Marks
    Pages 80-105
  6. Nickie Charles, Emma James
    Pages 170-188
  7. Stephanie Tailby, Mike Richardson, Andy Danford, Paul Stewart, Martin Upchurch
    Pages 189-210
  8. Harriet Bradley, Geraldine Healy, Nupur Mukherjee
    Pages 211-229
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 263-271

About this book


As we begin the twenty-first century, UK employees work the longest hours in Europe. Workplace stress and home responsibilities are among the top five causes of absence from work. Yet work-life balance has emerged as a key concern for employers, policy makers and the media. This edited volume contains findings from 14 research projects within the ESRC's Future of Work Programme. The research examines the notion of employment flexibility and the effects of gender and care responsibilities on work and work performance. Conflicting needs of employers and employees and the gender divisions in work and family life call into question the feasibility of achieving the Government's aim of work-life balance for everyone.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Diane M. Houston
    • 1
  1. 1.University of KentUK

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