The Significance of Working Time Arrangements Accompanying the Introduction of Teamworking: Evidence from Employees

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Nicholas Bacon

Nottingham University Business School

Paul Blyton

Cardiff University Business School

Ali Dastmalchian

University of Victoria - Faculty of Business

Abstract

A study is reported where the introduction of teamworking was accompanied by negotiated changes in working time patterns, involving some employees transferring to a 5-shift, 8-hour pattern, others to a 5-shift, 12-hour pattern. Employee attitude surveys before and after the changes show those moving to 12-hour working much more satisfied with both working time and other changes, compared with those remaining on 8-hour shifts. The creation of extra non-work days was seen as the major advantage of the longer shifts, which compensated for the harder work regime identified under teamworking and the greater rigidity of the 5-shift system. The findings underline the potential significance of working hours for employee support for broader changes in working practices. Possible explanations of why the longer shift pattern met with considerable support at one research site, but failed to gain support at a similar site elsewhere, are also explored.

Suggested Citation

Bacon, Nicholas and Blyton, Paul and Dastmalchian, Ali, The Significance of Working Time Arrangements Accompanying the Introduction of Teamworking: Evidence from Employees. British Journal of Industrial Relations, Vol. 43, No. 4, pp. 681-701, December 2005, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=856615 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8543.2005.00479.x

Nicholas Bacon (Contact Author)

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Paul Blyton

Cardiff University Business School ( email )

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Ali Dastmalchian

University of Victoria - Faculty of Business ( email )

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Canada
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250-721-6613 (Fax)

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