Staying healthy and happy at work: how job flexibility can help

XII, 160 pages. Groningen, University of Groningen (2022), unpublished


Working conditions are important determinants of the health and well-being of the working population. This thesis examines the relationship between flexible employment and health and well-being in the workplace using longitudinal household survey data from Australia and Germany. Chapter 2 examines the effect of three forms of flexible employment on parental subjective well-being during the transition into parenthood. Chapter 3 studies the effect of unexpected health shocks on the uptake of home-based work. Chapter 4 studies how the burden of commuting impacts employees' life satisfaction and health. The three chapters jointly highlight the crucial role of flexible working arrangements in improving health and well-being in the workplace by reducing work-life conflicts, satisfying demands for healthcare and avoiding the burden of commuting.

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