People With Flexible Work Schedules Work Longer Hours

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In the modern era, going to work doesn’t necessarily mean showing up to an office. It might mean working remotely from an Airbnb halfway across the world from company HQ, or it might be knocking out emails at home at 9 p.m.

Being able to choose when and where you work is a luxury, but it comes with a price, as new research shows. Having more autonomy in your work often means working longer hours, even when controlling for seniority and different job types.

“Greater flexibility and autonomy over work sound great—and could well herald a new era of better work-life balance,” University of Kent sociologist Heejung Chung writes in The Conversation. “But so far much of the evidence points to the opposite,” she warns.

Chung recently published a study in the European Sociological Review that examines work-schedule data from the German Socio-Economic Panel, a national survey that interviews 12,000 German households and 32,000 people a year. She and co-author Yvonne Lott of the Hans-Böckler Foundation in Germany looked at workers who were fully employed and said they had flexible work hours in 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, and 2011.

The study analyzed the difference between what happens when men are given flexible schedules at work and when women are, but it found that regardless of gender, people who have more leeway in their work schedule tend to work longer hours. They hypothesize that this could be because people view flex time as a gift from their employer, and work hard to show that they deserve it; or because there are fewer boundaries between work and the rest of your life when you don’t have set office hours.

The researchers did find a difference between men and women who have control over their own schedules, though. Men who gain more control over their work schedule work more hours, but also tend to get paid more, while women don’t get a financial reward for putting in more time.

As important as work-life balance is, flexible schedules can be more exploitative than helpful, this research shows.

[h/t Quartz]

This Innovative Cutting Board Takes the Mess Out of Meal Prep

There's no way any of these ingredients will end up on the floor.
There's no way any of these ingredients will end up on the floor.
TidyBoard, Kickstarter

Transferring food from the cutting board to the bowl—or scraps to the compost bin—can get a little messy, especially if you’re dealing with something that has a tendency to roll off the board, spill juice everywhere, or both (looking at you, cherry tomatoes).

The TidyBoard, available on Kickstarter, is a cutting board with attached containers that you can sweep your ingredients right into, taking the mess out of meal prep and saving you some counter space in the process. The board itself is 15 inches by 20 inches, and the container that fits in its empty slot is 14 inches long, 5.75 inches wide, and more than 4 inches deep. Two smaller containers fit inside the large one, making it easy to separate your ingredients.

Though the 4-pound board hangs off the edge of your counter, good old-fashioned physics will keep it from tipping off—as long as whatever you’re piling into the containers doesn’t exceed 9 pounds. It also comes with a second set of containers that work as strainers, so you can position the TidyBoard over the edge of your sink and drain excess water or juice from your ingredients as you go.

You can store food in the smaller containers, which have matching lids; and since they’re all made of BPA-free silicone, feel free to pop them in the microwave. (Remove the small stopper on top of the lid first for a built-in steaming hole.)

tidyboard storage containers
They also come in gray, if teal isn't your thing.
TidyBoard

Not only does the bamboo-made TidyBoard repel bacteria, it also won’t dull your knives or let strong odors seep into it. In short, it’s an opportunity to make cutting, cleaning, storing, and eating all easier, neater, and more efficient. Prices start at $79, and it’s expected to ship by October 2020—you can find out more details and order yours on Kickstarter.

This article contains affiliate links to products selected by our editors. Mental Floss may receive a commission for purchases made through these links.

This Innovative Cutting Board Takes the Mess Out of Meal Prep

There's no way any of these ingredients will end up on the floor.
There's no way any of these ingredients will end up on the floor.
TidyBoard, Kickstarter

Transferring food from the cutting board to the bowl—or scraps to the compost bin—can get a little messy, especially if you’re dealing with something that has a tendency to roll off the board, spill juice everywhere, or both (looking at you, cherry tomatoes).

The TidyBoard, available on Kickstarter, is a cutting board with attached containers that you can sweep your ingredients right into, taking the mess out of meal prep and saving you some counter space in the process. The board itself is 15 inches by 20 inches, and the container that fits in its empty slot is 14 inches long, 5.75 inches wide, and more than 4 inches deep. Two smaller containers fit inside the large one, making it easy to separate your ingredients.

Though the 4-pound board hangs off the edge of your counter, good old-fashioned physics will keep it from tipping off—as long as whatever you’re piling into the containers doesn’t exceed 9 pounds. It also comes with a second set of containers that work as strainers, so you can position the TidyBoard over the edge of your sink and drain excess water or juice from your ingredients as you go.

You can store food in the smaller containers, which have matching lids; and since they’re all made of BPA-free silicone, feel free to pop them in the microwave. (Remove the small stopper on top of the lid first for a built-in steaming hole.)

tidyboard storage containers
They also come in gray, if teal isn't your thing.
TidyBoard

Not only does the bamboo-made TidyBoard repel bacteria, it also won’t dull your knives or let strong odors seep into it. In short, it’s an opportunity to make cutting, cleaning, storing, and eating all easier, neater, and more efficient. Prices start at $79, and it’s expected to ship by October 2020—you can find out more details and order yours on Kickstarter.

This article contains affiliate links to products selected by our editors. Mental Floss may receive a commission for purchases made through these links.