ERIC Number: ED305501
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-May
Alternative Work Schedules: Changing Times for a Changing Workforce. The National Report on Work & Family. Special Report #5.
Bureau of National Affairs, Inc., Washington, DC.
Though the traditional 9:00-to-5:00 work week remains the predominant scheduling choice of most employers, companies in all industries increasingly are using alternative scheduling methods that allow employees to balance their work and family responsibilities. Alternative work schedules for permanent employees frequently are advocated as a solution to the problems faced by women in the work force. Job sharing, permanent part-time employment, work-at-home options, and flexible full-time work schedules offer employees an opportunity to modify work hours while maintaining the benefits of regular employment. Among other reasons for implementing flexible scheduling plans, employers cite cost effectiveness, flexibility, employee morale, and productivity. In 1987, 19.5 million people, or 17 percent of the work force, were employed on a part-time basis, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. (Five scheduling alternatives with case studies are examined in this report: permanent part-time, flextime, peak-time, job sharing, and worksharing.) (KC)
Descriptors: Adults, Employed Parents, Employment Practices, Flexible Working Hours, Futures (of Society), Job Sharing, Mothers, Parent Responsibility, Part Time Employment, Reentry Workers
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Publication Type: Information Analyses
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Authoring Institution: Bureau of National Affairs, Inc., Washington, DC.