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Homeworking:negotiating the psychological contract

Collins, Alison and Cartwright, Susan and Hislop, Donald (2013) Homeworking:negotiating the psychological contract. Human Resource Management Journal, 23 (2). pp. 211-225. ISSN 0954-5395

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Abstract

This article explores the psychological contract of female clerical homeworkers who work from home full-time and are employed at a local authority. Qualitative interviews were carried out with homeworkers and their supervisors. Temporal flexibility was desired by all the homeworkers in order to achieve a better work–life balance, and was deemed important by women without children as well as those with childcare responsibilities. Our findings highlight that homeworkers were able to negotiate their own idiosyncratic deals with line managers in order to attain their desired levels of temporal flexibility. However, the issue of flexibility remains ambiguous with some supervisory staff being more comfortable with the concept than others, leading to some homeworkers enjoying different levels of temporal flexibility than their co-workers. Our findings suggest that employees perceive flexibility idiosyncratic deals of co-workers as fair as long as they achieve their own personal levels of temporal flexibility. The potential implications for organisations are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Human Resource Management Journal
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Departments: Faculty of Health and Medicine > Health Research
ID Code: 53406
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 29 Mar 2012 16:28
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 16 Jun 2014 10:19
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/53406

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