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An Overview of the Flexible Work and Well-Being Study

Presented by Erin Kelly and Phyllis Moen

The Flex Work Study is a multi-method, multi-year project that investigates a local company's efforts to re-write the rule book about when, where, and how work is done. We approach this "natural experiment" using theory and scholarship that suggests that control over work conditions will be associated with more positive health outcomes, psychological well-being, and satisfaction with work, and that control over work conditions will moderate or reduce the negative effects of high work demands. We are also exploring how actors within a corporate culture attempt to change that culture. This session will give us a chance to describe our on-going research and share some of the challenges of doing a quasi-experimental, longitudinal, multi-method study in a real, live organization.