Working time and workers' preferences in industrialized countries: finding the balance

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International Labour Office, Nov 26, 2007 - Business & Economics - 231 pages

The gradual reduction in weekly working hours in the first half of the last century, which culminated in the widespread adoption of the 'standard' working week by the 1960s, was grounded in a concern for health and safety and for the preservation of time outside of paid labour.

Over the last few decades, however, this progressive standardization of working time has given way to a diversification and individualization in working hours as employers have responded to the competitive pressures of globalization by requiring that productivity be enhanced through changes in working-time schedules.

As we enter the new century, a common goal has emerged: the removal or liberaliZation of restrictions on unsocial hours and on the variation of working hours. This books draws together an international team of contributors to examine the process.

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Contents

Regulating working time needs and preferences
10
trends and issues
29
Gender and working time in industrialized countries
108
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Jon C. Messenger, International Labor Office.

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