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Document ID (ISN)102061
CIS number 03-1455
ISSN - Serial title 0300-8134 - Journal of Human Ergology
Year 2001
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Kandolin I., Härmä M., Toivanen M.
Title Flexible working hours and well-being in Finland
Bibliographic information Dec. 2001, Vol.30, No.1-2, p.35-40. Illus. 8 ref.
Abstract According to a survey of 1790 Finnish employees during 2000, a majority of male (76%) and female (65%) employees usually worked overtime and/or were subject to irregular working hours every month. Individual latitude of working hours was far less common, only one third of male and female employees being able to regulate their working hours. A better balance between company-controlled and individual flexibility would, however, improve the well-being of employees. Employees working overtime without being allowed to regulate their working hours felt more symptoms of distress and difficulties in combining workplace and family roles than those who could individually determine their working hours flexibly. An investment in individually determined flexibility, for example by means of participatory planning, would improve the well-being of employees, and thus also improve the productivity of the organization.
Descriptors (primary) Finland; plant safety and health organization; flexible working time
Descriptors (secondary) welfare facilities; work organization; shift work; workers' participation; hours of work; survey; sex-linked differences; psychology and sociology
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceFinland
Subject(s) Ergonomics and work organization
Broad subject area(s) Physiology, ergonomics
Browse category(ies) Hours of work
Workers' participation