Title

Do options for job flexibility diminish in times of economic uncertainty?

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2014

Abstract

This study explores the possibility that the 2008 economic recession affected the availability of flexible work arrangements by comparing two surveys of organizations in the USA, one conducted prior to the recession and the other after its onset. Adaptation and institutional perspectives are contrasted, revealing different expectations for the effects of economic tumult on the availability of flexible work arrangements. Greater support is found for the adaptation perspective, as organizations offered fewer flexible work options in 2009 than in 2006. They also engaged in less promotion of alternate work arrangements. Analysis indicates that prior trends toward increasing availability of flexible work arrangements have shifted downward.

Publication Name

Work, employment and society

Volume Number

28

First Page

882

Last Page

903

Issue Number

6

DOI

10.1177/0950017014538335