WHO FAVORS WORK-SCHEDULE CHANGES, AND WHY?
This paper discusses factors influencing white-collar employee attitudes toward alternative work-schedule changes, to determine whether the desire to avoid traffic congestion is a primary determinant of attitudes. A random sample of 110 employees from the Main Office of the New York State Department of Transportation in Albany, New York was administered a short questionnaire on travel patterns, attitudes toward components of work schedules, and perceived schedule-change impacts on family life, travel patterns and working environment. A technique known as trade-off analysis was used to determine the most preferred programs and the characteristics of those in favor and opposed to schedule changes. Results showed the basic motivation behind favoring work-schedule changes is the employee's desire to introduce flexibility into family, leisure, and work activities; the desire to avoid traffic congestion is a contributing, but not a major, factor. The most preferred arrangements are 5-day variable hours, 4-day variable hours, and 5-day individual-specific hours, all with over 65% support. Support is strongest among younger employees with children in school; weakest among single and older employees and carpoolers. Policy implications for transportation planning are discussed. /Author/
New York State Department of TransportationPlanning Division, State Campus, Building 4
Albany, NY United States 12232
- Tannir, A A
- Hartgen, D T
- Publication Date: 1977-6
- Features: Figures; References; Tables;
- Pagination: 31 p.
- TRT Terms: Age; Attitudes; Hours of labor; Human factors; Social factors; Traffic congestion; Transportation planning; Travel patterns
- Subject Areas: Highways; Planning and Forecasting; Safety and Human Factors; Society;
- Accession Number: 00172886
- Record Type: Publication
- Report/Paper Numbers: Res. Rpt. 125
- Files: TRIS, STATEDOT
- Created Date: Apr 12 1978 12:00AM