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Handbook of Research on Sustainable Careers

Handbook of Research on Sustainable Careers

Research Handbooks in Business and Management series

Edited by Ans De Vos and Beatrice I.J.M. van der Heijden

What is a sustainable career and how can individuals and organizations develop pathways that lead to them? With current levels of global unemployment and the need for life-long learning and employability enhancement these questions assume a pressing significance. With twenty-eight chapters from leading scholars, the Handbook of Research on Sustainable Careers makes an important contribution to our understanding of sustainable careers and lays the foundation for the direction of future research.

Chapter 16: Work–family interface in atypical working arrangements

Saija Mauno, Ulla Kinnunen, Johanna Rantanen and Anne Mäkikangas

Subjects: business and management, human resource management, organisational behaviour, strategic management


In this chapter, we review previous quantitative studies, which have focused on family-related outcomes of atypical work arrangements, including non-standard working hours and temporary work. Altogether, it seems that non-standard working hours have more often received research attention than temporary work, as far as family-related outcomes are concerned. Specifically, the results of our review reveal that non-standard working hours do not inevitably result in negative family-related outcomes, for example, work–family conflict, marital instability, children’s socio-emotional or cognitive problems. However, there are certain risk factors, such as night shifts, small children at home, which might increase the likelihood for negative family-related outcomes. Thus far, published studies on the effects of temporary work arrangements on family-related outcomes are rare. Moreover, these earlier findings are inconclusive, with only some evidence for the detrimental effects of temporary work on family-related effects, for example, work–family conflict, work–family enrichment. On the basis of our findings, we also suggest an integrative model for future research and present some of the implications for policy makers and organizations.

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