Mary Blair-Loy’s article, “Work Without End? Scheduling Flexibility and Work-to-Family Conflict among Stockbrokers” (2010 Work and Occupations 36: 279-317), was a finalist for the Rosabeth Moss Kanter Award for Excellence in Work-Family Research. The award recognizes articles that are considered to be the best social scientific research in the area of work and family published during a calendar year. Out of the 2500 work-family articles considered internationally, there were only 6 finalists.
Her article finds that stockbrokers in firms offering scheduling flexibility feel more conflict between their work and family responsibilities than do stockbrokers in firms with rigid scheduling. This finding suggests that popular thought, which assumes that scheduling flexibility is beneficial to workers and their families, does not apply to jobs with intense client demands and marketplace pressure around the clock.
This research was funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation in a grant to Drs. Blair-Loy and Jerry A. Jacobs.
The article can be found here: http://sociology.ucsd.edu/faculty/bio/documents/Blair-LoyWorkwoutEndWorkOcc2009.pdf