Flexible friends? Flexible working time arrangements, blurred work-life boundaries and friendship

Pedersen, Vivi Bach and Lewis, Suzan (2012) Flexible friends? Flexible working time arrangements, blurred work-life boundaries and friendship. Work, Employment and Society, 26 (3). pp. 464-480. ISSN 0950-0170

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0950017012438571

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Abstract

The changing nature and demands of work raise concerns about how workers can find time for activities such as friendship and leisure, which are important for well-being. This article brings friendship into the work-life debate by exploring how individuals do friendship in a period characterised by time dilemmas, blurred work-life boundaries and increased employer- and employee-led flexible working. Interviews with employees selected according to their working time structures were supplemented by time use diaries. Findings indicate that despite various constraints, participants found strategies for making time for friendship by blurring boundaries between friends and family and between friends and work. However, the impacts of flexible working time structures were complex and double-edged.

Item Type:Article
Keywords (uncontrolled):Blurred work-life boundaries; flexible working time arrangements; friendship; time crunch; work-life balance
Research Areas:Middlesex University Schools and Centres > Business School > Leadership, Work and Organisations
Citations on ISI Web of Science:0
ID Code:8514
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Deposited On:23 Feb 2012 07:43
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