Temporal and Locational Flexibility of Work, Working-Time Fit, and Job Satisfaction

34 Pages Posted: 27 Sep 2014

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Daniel S. Possenriede

Utrecht University - School of Economics

Janneke Plantenga

Utrecht University


In this paper we analyse the effects of arrangements that provide temporal and locational flexibility of work (TLF), namely flexi-time, telehomework, and part-time work, on employees' satisfaction with the fit between working time and private life and their overall job satisfaction. TLF arrangements provide employees with more control over their working life and therefore are likely to improve on the match between paid work and private life. Based on Dutch household panel data, the results show that TLF arrangements, flexi-time in particular, are generally associated with sizeable increases in satisfaction with working-time fit and overall job satisfaction. Somewhat surprisingly, the effects hardly differ between male and female employees and between employees with and without children. Temporal and locational flexibility apparently appeals not only to employees with family responsibilities but more general to all employees.

Keywords: flexi-time, job satisfaction, locational flexibility, part-time work, telehomework, temporal flexibility, working-time fit

JEL Classification: J22, J28, M52, M54

Suggested Citation

Possenriede, Daniel S. and Plantenga, Janneke, Temporal and Locational Flexibility of Work, Working-Time Fit, and Job Satisfaction. IZA Discussion Paper No. 8436, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2502296 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2502296

Daniel S. Possenriede (Contact Author)

Utrecht University - School of Economics ( email )

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Utrecht, +31 30 253 7373 3584 EC

Janneke Plantenga

Utrecht University ( email )

Vredenburg 138
Utrecht, 3511 BG

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