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'Zigzag working’: The alternating shift between paid and unpaid work for parents

many parents, like this mother here, are currently having to juggle working from home with parenting

Some parents are making a constant switch between working from home and parenting; an alternation which has been dubbed 'zigzag working' by experts. Image: UNSPLASH/Marisa Howenstine

Candice Harris
Professor of Management, Auckland University of Technology
Jarrod Haar
Professor of Human Resource Management, Auckland University of Technology
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This chart shows the percentage of parents aged 18 to 64 by gender and survey week not working due to COVID-19-related childcare issues. Image: VOX EU

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