Work Autonomy, Flexibility and Work-life balance project (WAF) is a research project, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, by the University of Kent. COFACE has been Member of the Policy Advisory Board of the project since 2014. The project has just finalised and the full description of the results and project is available online.
The final report examines the contexts in which flexible working is more likely to benefit workers, and found that gender, company culture. More and more workers find it crucial to be able to balance work with family life, making it one of the most important factors when thinking of their next jobs. However, many workers are struggling with balancing work with family demands. Despite expectations, in general, flexible working did not help much in relieving workers of their work-family conflict. One major reason behind this is because flexible working can potentially make work spill over into family lives, by making workers worry about work when not at work, and work longer hours, thereby encroaching into family time.
To read the final report, please click here