Quality jobs in the new millennium: Incorporating flexible work options as a strategy to assist working families

Journal Article

Changes in the nature of employment warrant a reexamination of the traditional definitions of job quality. This study uses data from the 2002 National Study of the Changing Workforce to examine an expanded model of job quality as it relates to employees' selfperceived physical health status. The expanded model includes traditional measures of job quality as well as measures of flexible work options and measures of overall supervisor effectiveness. Results indicate that overall supervisor effectiveness mediates the effects on health of work's psychological demands and of the worker's decision latitude. Coworker support mediates the effects on health of overall supervisor effectiveness. After demographic covariates and other job quality variables are controlled for, the analyses indicate that flexible work options, coworker support, and job insecurity are statistically significant predictors of self-reported health status. Implications for workplace policy and future research are presented. © 2008 by The University of Chicago. All rights reserved.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Swanberg, JE; Simmons, LA

Published Date

  • March 1, 2008

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 82 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 119 - 147

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0037-7961

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1086/527907

Citation Source

  • Scopus