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Staying healthy and happy at work

How job flexibility can help
PhD ceremony:S. (Shuye) Yu
When:December 08, 2022
Start:14:30
Supervisors:prof. dr. R.J.M. (Rob) Alessie, J.O. (Jochen) Mierau, Prof Dr
Co-supervisor:A. (Agnieszka) Postepska, PhD
Where:Academy building RUG
Faculty:Economics and Business

Working conditions are important determinants of the health and well-being of the working population. This thesis examines the relationship between flexible employment and health and well-being in the workplace using longitudinal household survey data from Australia and Germany. Chapter 2 examines the effect of three forms of flexible employment on parental subjective well-being during the transition into parenthood. Chapter 3 studies the effect of unexpected health shocks on the uptake of home-based work. Chapter 4 studies how the burden of commuting impacts employees' life satisfaction and health. The three chapters jointly highlight the crucial role of flexible working arrangements in improving health and well-being in the workplace by reducing work-life conflicts, satisfying demands for healthcare and avoiding the burden of commuting.