Scheduling, Leave, and Flexible Work

Kwaku Abrefa Busia, PhD

Kwaku Abrefa Busia, Ph.D., is a RGC Postdoctoral Fellow (Research Assistant Professor) at the Department of Sociology and Social Policy, Lingnan University, Hong Kong where he completed his PhD in Sociology and Social Policy. He also doubles as a research associate at the Department of Sociology at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. His doctoral [Read More...]

2024-01-24T15:28:25-05:00January 24th, 2024|

Making Flexibility More I-Deal: Advancing Work-Life Equality Collectively

Current research on negotiated individualized flexible work arrangements focuses on highly paid, skilled professional workers. We refer to this as “flexibility through privilege,” the ability to obtain “flexibility I-deals,” due to high labor market power. Yet as work-life tensions grow across occupations globally, most individuals need increased access to flexibility. As the COVID-19 pandemic illuminated, [Read More...]

2023-06-01T11:29:26-04:00June 1st, 2023|

Work–life balance supportive culture: a way to retain employees in Spanish SMEs

The purpose of this article is to examine the availability of work–life balance (WLB) practices and the role of work–life balance supportive culture (WLBSC) in the retention of employees in small and medium enterprises (SMEs) through job satisfaction and organisational commitment. The organisations are increasingly conscious that the companies’ competitive advantage rests upon the retention [Read More...]

2023-05-16T12:49:29-04:00May 16th, 2023|

The limitations of overtime limits to reduce long working hours: Evidence from the 2018 to 2021 working time reform in Korea.

This article provides a first assessment of the causal impact of the2018–2021 reform in Korea meant to combat its long working‐hour culture. Thereform consists of lowering the statutory limit on total weekly working hoursfrom 68 to 52. We apply a difference‐in‐difference approach in which we takeadvantage of the stepwise implementation of the reform by firm [Read More...]

2023-04-10T12:49:40-04:00April 10th, 2023|

Inequalities in the disruption of paid work during the Covid‐19 pandemic: A world systems analysis of core, semi‐periphery, and periphery states.

This article reveals the extent of international inequalities in theimmediate impact of the COVID‐19 pandemic on participation in paid work.Drawing on World Systems Theory (WST) and a novel quasi‐experimental analysisof nationally representative household panel surveys across 20 countries, thestudy finds a much sharper increase in the likelihood of dropping out of paidwork in semi‐periphery and [Read More...]

2023-03-16T15:09:32-04:00March 16th, 2023|

Double challenges: How working from home affects dual‐earner couples’ work‐family experiences

Against the backdrop of COVID‐19 pandemic, we draw on family systems theory to elucidate how daily work‐from‐home status (WFH) affects both members in dual‐earner couples. We propose that the WFH exerts intra‐individual and inter‐individual influences on employees' and their partners' work task and family task completion and their subsequent reactions to their work and family [Read More...]

2023-03-10T09:57:30-05:00March 10th, 2023|

How Family-Supportive Leadership Communication Enhances the Creativity of Work-From-Home Employees during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Adapting to the remote working environment has been one of the most visible challenges for many organizations during the COVID-19 pandemic. As employee creativity helps organizations’ survival and resilience during times of crisis, this study aims to examine the role of leadership communication, family-supportive leadership communication in particular, in fostering creativity among work-from-home employees. The [Read More...]

2022-12-14T18:51:04-05:00December 14th, 2022|

A closer look at how and when family-supportive supervision influence work interference with family: the roles of family-role overload and task crafting

Although family–supportive supervision (FSS) has been identified as one of the most useful social resources for reducing the occurrence of work interference with family (WIF), relatively little is known about the boundary conditions and the underlying mechanisms through which this relationship occurs. Drawing on conservation of resources (COR) theory, we examined how and when FSS [Read More...]

2022-10-28T02:21:25-04:00October 28th, 2022|

Policy Regulation of Precarious Work Schedules and Bottom-Up Enforcement: An Evaluation of State Reporting Pay Policies.

Precarious work schedules, including last-minute cuts to workers’ shifts, undermine well-being for millions of workers and their families in the United States. Drawing on dispute resolution theories and prior research on complaint-driven enforcement of labor regulations, this study evaluates whether and how labor regulations can moderate this precarity. In eight states and Washington, DC, “reporting [Read More...]

2022-10-28T01:42:29-04:00October 28th, 2022|

The impact of mentoring on work-family balance and job satisfaction in the hotel industry in Greece: The mediating role of working environment and flexibility.

This study investigate the relationship between work-family balance (WFB), job satisfaction and mentoring in the Greek hotel organizations. In particular, it investigates how mentoring contribute to career and family life outcomes with an additional emphasis on the role of the working environment (work demands, time & schedule flexibility). The findings indicate that both job satisfaction [Read More...]

2022-10-18T20:32:47-04:00October 18th, 2022|
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