4Quality of working time in the police

The experience of shift extensification for officers and staff

Dora Scholarios, Hannah Hesselgreaves and Raymond Pratt

Introduction

For employers, work scheduling which allows labour flexibility is essential given wider trends in employment, such as more globalised production and business services. This means that employers are able to increase, reduce or vary the distribution of working hours according to demand (Lambert, 2008; Rubery, Ward, Grimshaw and Beynon, 2005). As highlighted in Chapter 1, employer-led flexibility suggests flexibility which is good for employers without particular concern for employee influence or interests. In his typology of flexibility and stability, Jonsson (2007) also differentiates ...

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