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Weekend based short workweeks: Peripheral work or facilitating work-life balance?

TitleWeekend based short workweeks: Peripheral work or facilitating work-life balance?
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsCooke, G. B., Zeytinoglu I. U., and Mann S. L.
JournalCommunity, Work and Family
Volume12
Pages409 - 415
Keywordsgender, job quality, non-standard work, work schedules, work-family
Abstract

This research focuses on those working weekends and also having a workweek of 20 hours or less, which we define as having a weekend-based short workweek (WBSW). The purpose of this paper is to examine the characteristics of workers with a WBSW, with emphasis on gender, family status, and work-life balance. To our knowledge, this is the first study examining work schedules having overlapping characteristics of both weekend work and part-time hours. The country of research for this study is Canada. We found that workers with a WBSW are more likely to be female, but less likely to be married or have dependent children. They are also more likely to be younger, less educated, less experienced, and low-waged. Nonetheless, job satisfaction among those with a WBSW is only slightly lower than those without one. Moreover, we found a group of older, married females with high job satisfaction notwithstanding having a WBSW. We presume that some have managed to balance the substantial work, economic, and family obligations that they face, but also wonder whether some have become resigned to their available employment options rather than having found decent work per se.