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Decent working time [online] : new trends, new issues

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Internet only - free access
xxii, 464 p.
Geneva, Switzerland: International Labour Office
Electronic resource
This collection, comprised of papers from some of the leading international scholars in the field, reflects on the profound changes in the nature of working time, and the nature of employment itself in the industrialized world. Including international comparative analysis alongside national case studies, this volume offers information on the new trends which have emerged over the past decades. It looks at the increasing use of results-based employment relationships for managers and professionals, and the increasing fragmentation of time to more closely tailor staffing needs to customer requirements. Moreover, as operating/opening hours rapidly expand toward a 24-hour and 7-day economy, the book considers how this has resulted in a growing diversification, decentralization, and individualization of working hours, as well as an increasing tension between enterprises' business requirements and workers' needs and preferences regarding their hours. This new reality has raised some other challenging issues as well and the volume addresses those such as increasing employment insecurity and instability, time-related social inequalities, particularly in relation to gender, workers' ability to balance their paid work with their personal lives, and even the synchronization of working hours with social times, such as community activities.
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