Flexible working and work-life balance: Midwives’ experiences and views

PROWSE, Julie and PROWSE, Peter (2015). Flexible working and work-life balance: Midwives’ experiences and views. Work, Employment and Society, 29 (5), 757-774.

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This article presents midwives’ views and experiences of flexible working and work–life balance. Both flexible working and work–life balance are important contemporary agendas within midwifery and can have both positive and negative consequences for midwives. Full-time midwives and those without caring commitments feel disadvantaged by flexible working and work–life balance policies as they have to fit when they work around part-time midwives and are increasingly expected to cover extra work. They feel their work–life balance is marginalized and this is fuelling discontent and resentment among midwives and leading to divisions between full- and part-time staff that reinforce flexibility stigma. Although flexible working and work–life balance are important for recruiting and retaining midwives they are part of the ongoing tensions and challenges for midwives and the midwifery profession.

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Sheffield Business School Research Institute > People, Work and Organisation
Departments: Sheffield Business School > Management
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1177/0950017015570724
Depositing User: Peter Prowse
Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2016 14:52
Last Modified: 26 Jan 2018 15:52
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/13689

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