Intended for healthcare professionals

Career Focus


BMJ 1999; 319 doi: (Published 18 December 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:S3a-7225
  • Flexible working has both beneficial and detrimental effects for employees, according to a recent report by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. In some areas of employment, particularly information technology, flexible working shows that the employee is working on a task based project, demonstrating high status, which is popular with employees. In other walks of life the picture is very different: when flexible working practices are used to smooth the workflow for the employer the employee perception can rapidly become one of exploitation. Working weeks of 60 or 80 hours followed by next to no work the next have become commonplace among clerical and manual staff, eroding family time rather than enhancing it.

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