Planning and Practicing Flexibility: Implications for women in 'Best Practice' Australian organisations

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Title Planning and Practicing Flexibility: Implications for women in 'Best Practice' Australian organisations
Author Strachan, Glenda Jean; Burgess, John; Henderson, Lindy
Publication Title 21st Century Work: High Road or Low Road? Proceedings of the 20th AIRAANZ Conference, Volume 1
Editor Barbara Pocock, Chris Provis, Eileen Willis
Year Published 2006
Place of publication Adelaide
Publisher Association of Industrial Relations Academics Australia and New Zealand
Abstract Increasingly, flexible work practices are seen as remedies for work/life conflict, and although in theory they are gender-neutral, the reality is that women with family responsibilities comprise a large proportion of those working part-time or unconventional hours. Can flexibility created in response to business pressures also benefit employees? This paper examines the results of interviews conducted in Australian companies that can be considered 'best practice' organisations in terms of policies for women. It explores what these organisations mean by 'flexibility' and how it operates at the level of the individual workplace. The paper concludes that flexible work practices do not necessarily benefit workers but there are ways in which women, managers and organisations can find common purpose, and business and individual needs can coalesce. But our research shows that this is labour market driven and is not applied consistently across even 'best practice' organisations.
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Copyright Statement Copyright 2006 Association of Industrial reslations Academics Australia and New Zealand AIRAANZ. This is the author manuscript version of this paper. Use hypertext link for access to conference website.
ISBN 0-86803-544-0
Conference name 20th AIRAANZ Conference
Location Adelaide
Date From 2006-02-01
Date To 2006-02-03
Date Accessioned 2007-03-13
Language en_AU
Research Centre Centre for Work, Organisation and Wellbeing
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject Human Resources Management
Publication Type Conference Publications (Full Written Paper - Refereed)
Publication Type Code e1

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