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A Life's Work

Afshin Zilanawala

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We live in a 24/7 economy and whether you are a nurse on the night shift, a stockbroker getting up early to be abreast of the markets in Asia, a fast food server feeding pub leavers at closing time or a supermarket worker stacking shelves before the shopping hoards arrive, you know what that's like and how it impacts on your family life.For millions of people in the UK and around the world, work is no 9 to 5 matter. In fact, with more than 50 per cent of us working what we we have tended to think of as a 'non standard' schedule, seems to be becoming the 'standard schedule'. In the UK, nearly a quarter of working mums and a third of working dads do some sort of shift work. But how does this affect their ability to lead healthy happy lives not just as individuals, but as a family?A Life's Work is a podcast seeking to answer that question by exploring the latest evidence around shift work and how it affects family life. In our first series funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, researcher Afshin Zilanawala, a researcher at the International Centre for Lifecourse Studies at UCL explores what we know about shift work and how it impacts on mums, dads and their children, especially their health and happiness.

Latest Episodes

Juggling work, home and being a parent: a Union's perspective

In Episode 3 of Series 1, Matt Creagh, Employment Rights Policy Officer at the Trades Union Congress (TUC) talks to Afshin about policies to support the integration of work and family life, changing working patterns and how employers can help parents who work non standard shifts. Key points from the discussion 0.00-6.40 Matt outlines TUC's priorities for working people: access to and ability to enforce employment rights for all and access to policies that help them achieve work-life balance for their wellbeing How will today's workers be affected by Brexit? Matt outlines TUC concerns about possible loss of worker rights linked to being a member of the EU Matt mentions the EU Worklife Balance Directivecurrently in the pipeline and says UK working parents in particular will miss out on some of the protections and benefits that it will afford other EU workers when Brexit happens 6.40-12.40 The discussion moves to some of Afshin's recent research looking at whether there are any educati...

19 MIN2019 FEB 22
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Juggling work, home and being a parent: a Union's perspective

Back to work and breastfeeding: does shift work have a role?

NCT Practice Manager Val Willcox and mum Hollie talk to Afshin about the challenges of returning to work and breastfeeding and whether working non standard shifts makes a difference.

18 MIN2018 JUN 18
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Back to work and breastfeeding: does shift work have a role?

Working long hours and weekends: good or bad for our mental health?

UCL researcher and consultant in wellbeing at work Gill Weston discusses her research looking at the links between working long hours and weekends and signs of depression in men and women.

10 MIN2018 FEB 23
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Working long hours and weekends: good or bad for our mental health?
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Latest Episodes

Juggling work, home and being a parent: a Union's perspective

In Episode 3 of Series 1, Matt Creagh, Employment Rights Policy Officer at the Trades Union Congress (TUC) talks to Afshin about policies to support the integration of work and family life, changing working patterns and how employers can help parents who work non standard shifts. Key points from the discussion 0.00-6.40 Matt outlines TUC's priorities for working people: access to and ability to enforce employment rights for all and access to policies that help them achieve work-life balance for their wellbeing How will today's workers be affected by Brexit? Matt outlines TUC concerns about possible loss of worker rights linked to being a member of the EU Matt mentions the EU Worklife Balance Directivecurrently in the pipeline and says UK working parents in particular will miss out on some of the protections and benefits that it will afford other EU workers when Brexit happens 6.40-12.40 The discussion moves to some of Afshin's recent research looking at whether there are any educati...

19 MIN2019 FEB 22
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Juggling work, home and being a parent: a Union's perspective

Back to work and breastfeeding: does shift work have a role?

NCT Practice Manager Val Willcox and mum Hollie talk to Afshin about the challenges of returning to work and breastfeeding and whether working non standard shifts makes a difference.

18 MIN2018 JUN 18
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Back to work and breastfeeding: does shift work have a role?

Working long hours and weekends: good or bad for our mental health?

UCL researcher and consultant in wellbeing at work Gill Weston discusses her research looking at the links between working long hours and weekends and signs of depression in men and women.

10 MIN2018 FEB 23
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Working long hours and weekends: good or bad for our mental health?
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