Work time fragmentation and subjective time pressure: (evidence from the latest UK time use survey)

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This study investigates how the fragmentation of work time impacts mental health, specifically subjective time pressure, and how this relationship varies across gender and parenthood status. This is an important question that has been neglected by previous studies. Using the latest UK time use data (n=620) from 2016 to 2021 and Ordinary Least Squares regressions, the study finds that work time fragmentation predicts more subjective time pressure. In particular, work time fragmentation is found to increase subjective time pressure more amongst women without children than women with children. However, this effect is inverted amongst men, as the fragmentation of work time predicts more subjective time pressure among fathers but not among men without children. These findings provide a more nuanced understanding of the adverse consequences of 'role switching' and 'work schedule instability', as well as their interaction with gender. Accordingly, future research should consider work time fragmentation as a vital indicator of job quality.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 13 Apr 2023
EventBSA Annual Conference 2023: Sociological Voices in Public Discourse - University of Manchester, UK, Manchester, United Kingdom
Duration: 12 Apr 202314 Jul 2023


ConferenceBSA Annual Conference 2023
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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