Work-life balance: working for whom?

Gatrell, C J and Cooper, C L (2008) Work-life balance: working for whom? European Journal of International Management, 2 (1). pp. 71-86. ISSN 1751-6757

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Abstract: Work-life balance policies are important in relation to employee stress levels. This paper examines work-life balance and exibility through the dual lens of gender and the body. The paper observes how notions of ‘exibility’ are applied dierently to mothers and fathers. We observe how social expectations about professionally employed mothers and fathers, and work-life balance, are gendered. Men may thus be discouraged from working exibly, while mothers who work long hours may be criticised. We argue that the pressure to organise work-life balance, according to embodied and gendered social norms, is a cause of st ress to both fathers and mothers who are employed at a managerial level

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