Labour Time - Life Time

23 – 27 April 2014   print this page

Course directors:

Wenzel Matiaske, Helmut-Schmidt University, Germany
Simon Fietze, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark
Gerd Grözinger, University of Flensburg, Germany
Doris Holtmann, Helmut-Schmidt University, Germany

Course description:

Ever since the beginning of industrialization the fight for the reduction of working hours was considered the way out of the “kingdom of necessity”. It was only in the 1980s, in the course of a decentralized organization in worldwide networks, that the paradigm changed to more flexible forms of working time management. This is no longer an issue of the collective actors alone but also

of the individuals who have to cope with the increasing time flexibility in a socio-structurally differentiated way. From trust-based working hours to on-call duty, from the core workforce with a 35-hour week to temporary work: the

contemporary organization of working time took since long already various forms. In addition, the ongoing economic crisis leads in many European countries to forced over-employment and under-employment at the same time.

At the same time the topics are changing under which the problems of the “flexible character” in balancing different aspects of life are discussed in (human resource) management, psychology and sociology. Role conflicts, the balance of work, free time and family or burnout as a possible consequence are keywords which show that work and work time cannot be separated from life time.

We would like to discuss our topic in an adequately broad and interdisciplinary way. We are particularly interested in questions such as:

- Disparities of working time and desired working hours in the course of time

- Quantitative and qualitative working-time regimes

- Time-related stress and wealth in time

- Balancing life domain work conflict

- Models of labour time re-distribution

- Externalities of problematic working time arrangements, e.g. influences on family life, happiness, fertility etc.

Work Schedule:

Wednesday 4/23


9:30 Morning Session

Wenzel Matiaske/Gerd Grözinger/Doris Holtmann/Simon Fietze


Elke Holst/Hartmut Seifert/Anna Wieber

DIW/Soep Berlin

Working time discrepancies

Marion Collewet/Bart Loog

Maastricht University

The effect of weekly working hours on life satisfaction

Sandra Hofmann/Dennis A. Ostwald/Werner Sesselmeier

University of Koblenz-Landau/Wifor Darmstadt

Where the work ends and where the private life starts: What is the


meaning of unpaid work next to the regular paid work in Germany?


12:30 Lunch


14:30 Afternoon Session

Hartmut Seifert

Working time accounts in Germany – From standardised working time patterns


regulated flexibility

Olaf Kranz

University of Regensburg


Flexible Working Time Schemes: How a form of a double decentralization of

decision making leads to the search for a new balance between systemic

aspects at the organizational and lifeworld aspects at the individual level.

Mikael Ottosson/Calle Rosengren

Lund University

The Swedish Confederation for Professional Employees (TCO) and the issue/

question of trust-based working hours

Florian Schramm Florian.Schramm@wiso.uni-hamburg.d

University of Hamburg


17:30 End


Thursday 4/24


9:30 Morning Session

Susanne Schmidt

Humboldt University Berlin


The Life Cycle. Making Sense of De-Standardized Employment Histories,


Thordis Reimer

Bielefeld University

Working time arrangements and family time of fathers: how work organizations

shape fathers’ opportunities to engage in childcare

Sarah Altmann/Stefan Süß

Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf

The Influence of Temporary Time Offs from Work on Employer Attractiveness –

An Experimental Study


12:30 Lunch


14:30 Afternoon Session

Peter Muhlau

Trinity College Dublin

Does time sovereignty pull women into the public service? The impact of

working time flexibility on women's concentration and selectivity in public

services in Europe

René Krempkow


Roland Bloch / Alexander Mitterle / Carsten Würmann

HoF Wittenberg / Uni Halle


Containers of Teaching. Working Time Regimes in German Higher Education

Helmut Kasper/Melina Seferlis/Angelika Schmidt


Austrian managers and their work-leisure balance – Empirical evidence of the

tightrope walk between unlimited work-time and private life


18:30 End


Friday 4/25


9:30 Morning Session

Gökhan Ofluoglu

Bulent Ecevit University

Current psycosocial problems of labour life in the era of globalization:

Pschological agreements, ageing workforce, instability between work –


life and mobbing

Yvonne Lott

WSI Düsseldorf

Working Time Flexibility and Autonomy: Time Adequacy when Performance is all

that counts?

Tomas Bjarnason/Frans Hikspoors

Capacent Iceland/Hogeschool Windesheim

Work and leisure values among younger people over time


12:30 Lunch


13:30 Afternoon Session

Vahid Mahmoudi/Nasrin Dehghan

University of Tehran

On Poverty, leisure-labor and the capability approach


14:30 Farewell