Female part-time managers: Work-life balance, aspirations and career mobility
Tomlinson, J. and Durbin, S. (2010) Female part-time managers: Work-life balance, aspirations and career mobility. Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: An International Journal, 29 (3). pp. 255-270. ISSN 2040-7149
Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/02610151011028859
The purpose of this paper is to explore the employment trajectories, aspirations, work-life balance and career mobility of women working as part-time managers. In-depth, semi-structured interviews were conducted with 16 female part-time managers and four of their line managers in public and private sector organisations. Interviews explored women’s career trajectories before and after the transition to part-time work and focused on career mobility, aspirations and work-life balance. The part-time managers in the sample held varied careers while working full-time but careers stalled once a transition to part-time work was made. The majority were career focused, working intensively and felt frustrated with their lack of mobility and career progression while working part-time. The majority worked in excess of their contracted hours and did not experience an appropriate reallocation of work when they reduced hours. The paper is of value to researchers and policy makers. Policy implications point to the limitations of the current UK legislation on the right to request flexible working. The paper states that further research would be beneficial on the ways in which managers employed on part-time and other flexible contracts, operate successfully in organisations, with the aim of championing alternative working patterns and breaking down traditional long hours cultures which act as a barrier to women and part-time workers.
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