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    Work-life balance, health and well-being in times of austerity

    Kinman, G. and McDowall, Almuth (2016) Work-life balance, health and well-being in times of austerity. In: Lewis, S. and Anderson, D. and Lyonette, C. and Payne, N. and Wood, S. (eds.) Work-Life Balance in Times of Recession, Austerity and Beyond. Routledge Research in Employment Relations. Abingdon, UK: Routledge, pp. 23-44. ISBN 9781138926448.

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    Abstract

    This chapter considers the impact of changes in economic factors on wellbeing and work-life balance [WLB]. As yet, little research has explored any direct effects of austerity measures on WLB, although there is some evidence that work-related stress, mental health problems and work-life conflict have increased over time. This chapter reviews research examining the work-related wellbeing of employees in the UK and other countries. More specifically, it considers how features of the economic downturn, such as the intensification of work, increased job insecurity and concerns about financial hardship, can threaten the wellbeing of employees and their families. The implications of flexible working practices and technological change, which have increased during the financial downturn, for recovery processes, work-life balance and health in times of austerity are also considered. The potential for high levels of work involvement and commitment to exacerbate the negative impact of the financial downturn is explored. Of particular concern is the growing evidence that some employers and employees are deprioritising work-life balance and wellbeing in response to financial pressure and job insecurity in spite of the potentially serious costs for health, personal relationships and job performance over time. Some evidence-based interventions that have the potential to protect work-life balance and wellbeing during times of austerity are highlighted. Priorities for future research in several areas are identified, but a particular need for longitudinal data to establish a firm link between recession-led changes and organisational policies and practices, positive and negative work-life and wellbeing outcomes is emphasised, together with the need to carefully evaluated targeted interventions.

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    Item Type: Book Section
    Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of a book chapter published by Routledge.
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): work-life balance, well being, austerity recession, work-family conflict
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Business, Economics & Informatics > Organizational Psychology
    Depositing User: Dr Almuth McDowall
    Date Deposited: 27 Feb 2017 13:53
    Last Modified: 13 Feb 2018 01:10
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/18163

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