Abstracts: July 27th, 2000

Higgins C, Duxbury L, Johnson K L
Human Resource Management, (USA), Spring 2000 Vol 39 No 1
Start page: 17. No of pages: 16

Points to the differences within women’s part-time work (skills needed, education levels required, pay levels and work environment) and argues that this diversity suggests that part-time work may not affect women’s ability to balance work and family equally. Divides women’s part-time work into two categories: career-oriented jobs (professionals and managers) and earner positions (technical, clerical, administrative, retail and production work). Surveys women in full and part-time work in both categories to understand how the category of job and its status (full or part-time) affects measures of work-life balance (i.e. overload, time management, etc.) and individual outcomes (stress, life satisfaction, etc.). Also interviews women about the perceived advantages/disadvantages of part-time work. Concludes that the research gives conditional support for the view that part-time work helps women to balance work and family, but finds that women in earner part-time positions gain more benefit than women in career part-time positions (the women in career-part-time positions reporting high role overload and high family to work interference). Discusses the implications of this for human resource management.

Style: Survey, Theoretical with application in practice
ISSN: 0090-4848. Reference: 29AJ526

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