WHO FAVORS WORK-SCHEDULE CHANGES AND WHY

Factors that influence attitudes of white-collar employees toward alternative work-schedule changes are examined to determine whether the desire to avoid traffic congestion is a primary determinant of such attitudes. A random sample of 110 employees for the main office of the New York State Department of Transportation in Albany, New York, were given a short questionnaire on travel patterns, attitudes toward components of work schedules, and perceptions of impacts of work-schedule changes on family life, travel patterns, and working environment. An attitude scaling technique known as trade-off analysis was used to determine the most preferred programs and the characteristics of those in favor of and those 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-d variable hours, 4-c variable hours, and 5-d individual-specific hours, all with over 65 percent support. Support was strongest among younger employees who had children in school and weakest among single and older employees and poolers. The policy implications for transportation planning are discussed. (Author)

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 53-58
  • Monograph Title: Transportation system analysis
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00195971
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309028221
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Aug 30 1983 12:00AM