This paper analyses the understanding of time in shift work systems and the consequences for employability and work-life balance. We use the case study method to examine an unusual case of shift work within the framework of a specific social and cultural context. A shift system in a factory in the construction industry resulted in productivity gains for the company and, contrary to what most research on shift systems reports, produced work-life balance benefits for employees. The system has been in operation for 14 years and has provided jobs for a population otherwise excluded from the labour market.

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Folguera Bellmunt, Conxita; Lamolla Kristiansen, Laura

Understanding time in context: Shift work in a precast concrete factory

10/2014
This paper analyses the understanding of time in shift work systems and the consequences for employability and work-life balance. We use the case study method to examine an unusual case of shift work within the framework of a specific social and cultural context. A shift system in a factory in the construction industry resulted in productivity gains for the company and, contrary to what most research on shift systems reports, produced work-life balance benefits for employees. The system has been in operation for 14 years and has provided jobs for a population otherwise excluded from the labour market.
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Understanding time in context: Shift work in a precast concrete factory
Folguera Bellmunt, Conxita; Lamolla Kristiansen, Laura
Barcelona (Spain) 10/2014
ESADE working paper; ; n 257
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