Redesigning, Redefining Work

Shelley J. Correll, Erin L. Kelly, Lindsey Trimble O'Connor, Joan C. Williams

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The demands of today's workplace-long hours, constant availability, self-sacrificial dedication-do not match the needs of today's workforce, where workers struggle to reconcile competing caregiving and workplace demands. This mismatch has negative consequences for gender equality and workers' health. Here, the authors put forth a call to action: to redesign work to better meet the needs of today's workforce and to redefine successful work. The authors propose two avenues for future research to achieve these goals: research that (a) builds a more rigorous business case for work redesign/redefinition and (b) exposes the underlying gender and class dynamics of current work arrangements.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3-17
Number of pages15
JournalWork and Occupations
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2014

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: Kelly’s research was supported as part of the Work, Family and Health Network through a grant from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (U01HD051256). Kelly gratefully acknowledges support from the Minnesota Population Center (5R24HD041023) and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation as well. Williams gratefully acknowledges support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the Rockefeller Family Fund, for support of the research reflected in her contribution.


  • flexibility
  • gender
  • ideal worker
  • work redesign
  • work-family


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