Chronic Presenteeism: The Multiple Dimensions to Men's Absence from Part-Time Work

Alison Sheridan
  • Gender Work and Organization, March 2004, Wiley
  • DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-0432.2004.00229.x

Men's absence from part-time work

What is it about?

Men’s absence from part-time work is considered from a multidisciplinary perspective. Factors operating at the individual, social and organisational levels are identified and explored in terms of their impact on men’s working patterns. A model is presented that characterises men’s absence from part-time work as a result of the mutually reinforcing nature of these factors.

Why is it important?

Little has been written about men’s apparent inability to access part-time work. In this paper, the working patterns of women and men are considered, not in the light of the traditional question of ‘why do women do part-time work?’ but in terms of ‘why don’t men do part-time work?’.


Alison Sheridan
University of New England

Having worked part-time when my children were young, it struck me that none of my male colleagues who were parents of young children were doing so. I wanted to better understand what was going on.

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