The (over) burden of work

Abigail Marks*, Oliver Mallett, Lila Skountridaki

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract / Description of output

This chapter develops an understanding of increasing work pressures by using the term ‘work (over) burden’ to explain both work intensification and extensification. It explores how the changes brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic have impacted the work burden. It sets out conceptually and with a range of empirical examples, the nature of work intensification and extensification and how they have developed through changes brought about to accommodate home-based working during the pandemic. It then explores the gendered nature of some of these changes. The chapter concludes by considering some of the longer-term implications for the (over) burden of work.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationA Research Agenda for Work and Employment
EditorsStephen Procter
PublisherEdward Elgar
ISBN (Electronic)9781803929972
ISBN (Print)9781803929965
Publication statusPublished - 11 Jun 2024

Publication series

NameElgar Research Agendas
PublisherEdward Elgar

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • intensification of work
  • extensification of work
  • remote work
  • hybrid work
  • COVID-19
  • work burden
  • intensification
  • extensification
  • home-based work


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