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Chapter 13: Positive and negative application of flexible working time arrangements: comparing the United States of America and the EU countries
This chapter explores flexible work schedule practices as they vary among individuals, organisations, and nations, and explains reasons for the observed variations. The authors argue that depending on the metric used, flexibility can be seen as widely available, or as seriously constrained or limited. They also consider the connection between flexible working and work_family harmonisation. Concluding, the chapter notes that, particularly among European nations, the industrial relations context, such as collective bargaining institutions, and the prevalence of service and public sectors, influence the diffusion of working time flexibility practices across organisations and countries.
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