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Redesigning/redefining work

Correll, Shelley J., Erin L. Kelly, Lindsey Trimble-O’Connor, Joan C. Williams. 2014. “Redesigning/redefining work.” Work and Occupations 41(1): 5-19.  

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The demands of today’s workplace—long hours, constant availability, self-sacrificial dedication—do not match the needs of today’s workforce, where workers struggle to reconcile competing caregiving and workplace demands. This mismatch has negative consequences for gender equality and workers’ health. Here, the authors put forth a call to action: to redesign work to better meet the needs of today’s workforce and to redefine successful work. The authors propose two avenues for future research to achieve these goals: research that (a) builds a more rigorous business case for work redesign/redefinition and (b) exposes the underlying gender and class dynamics of current work arrangements.

Work and Occupations
2014
Erin L. Kelly
Lindsey Trimble-O’Connor
Joan C. Williams