Knowledge work and flexible working: helping or hindering working women?

Eikhof, D. R. (2015) Knowledge work and flexible working: helping or hindering working women? In: Connerley, M. L. and Wu, J. (eds.) Handbook on Well-Being of Working Women. Series: International handbooks of quality-of-life. Springer: Dordrecht, Germany, pp. 361-374. ISBN 9789401798969 (doi:10.1007/978-94-017-9897-6_21)

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Abstract

Women’s workforce participation and advancement still lag behind those of men. This is true despite two recent trends that could have been expected to facilitate women’s careers: the rise in knowledge work and the increase in flexible working. This chapter contrasts the potential of knowledge work and flexible working for facilitating gender equality at work with an analysis of their hidden and lesser discussed gendered implications. Certain characteristics of knowledge work pose challenges that women find disproportionately more difficult to deal with than men. Flexible working, especially when undertaken from home, often results in gendered practices and stigmatisation that hinder women’s careers. The chapter brings together empirical evidence from a broad range of studies to discuss these hidden consequences of knowledge work and flexible working for women’s workforce participation and advancement and to identify implications for research, practice and policy.

Item Type:Book Sections
Status:Published
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Eikhof, Professor Doris Ruth
Authors: Eikhof, D. R.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Culture and Creative Arts > Theatre Film and TV Studies
Publisher:Springer
ISBN:9789401798969

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