Flexibility of Working Schedule and Gender during Crisis: The Shaping of Working Women’s Daily Life

Aggeliki Poulaki

Current developments in the field of labor during the economic and social crisis in Greece are a very interesting field that offers a fertile ground for research. Ιn the context of this dissertation, we wish to deal with precisely these labor reforms in the midst of a crisis, and in particular with the promotion of the flexibility of working hours and the consequences on the daily lives of individuals in conjunction with the gender factor.

This dissertation hypothesis is that gender characteristics of the labor market cause women to tend to work in employment with flexible characteristics. Subsequently, gender inequalities and the flexibility of working time affect the shaping of the daily life of the female workforce, creating an insecure framework and a sense of uncertainty.

Methodologically, the study will be based on the bibliographic framework that exists regarding the flexibility of working time and gender characteristics in employment. On the other hand, in the part of the empirical research, interviews have been conducted with women who are employed under a flexible working time regime in order to reflect on their personal experiences in terms of their ability to form a structured daily life in modern working conditions.

The purpose of the study is to draw conclusions as to whether women, who are the majority who accumulate flexible jobs, can organize their daily life in such a regime or if flexibility ultimately affects their extra-working hours resulting in their experiencing its consequences in the forming of all aspects of their life. This connection of flexibility with daily life may give rise for future research.

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Academic Year
2019 - 2020