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Job Flexibility Barely Budges Work-Life Balance

Job Flexibility Offers Modest Benefits to Work-Life Balance Life demands of the 21st century often mean that both parents have to work at least a 40-hour week, and find the time to appropriately care for the demands of their children.

In recognition of this struggle, some employers are attempting to accommodate the workforce yet maintain productivity by providing flexible work arrangements.

A new study in the Journal of Marriage and Family examines if flexible working schemes are helping or adding to child-rearing pressure.

As a part of the investigation, experts examined how the introduction of ROWE (Results Only Work Environment) has impacted parents’ perceptions of their time.

ROWE is a philosophy associated with value in which employees are paid for results, rather than their time.

The data showed that both parents saw changes in working hours such as ROWE as a major factor to their time, yet only mothers reported increased schedule control and improved time adequacy.

However, this change was shown to be in perception only, as little change was reported in the actual time spent with children beyond evening meals.

“ROWE helped mothers feel that they were spending enough time with their children, even though it didn’t change the actual amount of time for most parents,” said sociologist Dr. Rachelle Hill from the University of Minnesota.

“Mothers who participated in ROWE and ate fewer than three meals with their children per week were able to eat one additional family meal with their children compared to mothers in traditional departments.”

Source: Wiley

Working mother with her child photo by shutterstock.

Job Flexibility Barely Budges Work-Life Balance

Rick Nauert PhD

Rick Nauert, PhDDr. Rick Nauert has over 25 years experience in clinical, administrative and academic healthcare. He is currently an associate professor for Rocky Mountain University of Health Professionals doctoral program in health promotion and wellness. Dr. Nauert began his career as a clinical physical therapist and served as a regional manager for a publicly traded multidisciplinary rehabilitation agency for 12 years. He has masters degrees in health-fitness management and healthcare administration and a doctoral degree from The University of Texas at Austin focused on health care informatics, health administration, health education and health policy. His research efforts included the area of telehealth with a specialty in disease management.

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Nauert PhD, R. (2018). Job Flexibility Barely Budges Work-Life Balance. Psych Central. Retrieved on March 22, 2019, from
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