Causes and consequences of the utilization of work-life policies by professionals: "unconditional supervisor support required"

A Peper, JSE Dikkers, ML van Engen, CJ Vinkenburg

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The European work place has changed. Employees increasingly ask for organizational policies that allow them to combine their work and their private life. Organizations also become aware of the work-life conflicts of their employees. In this study, we examine the association of the utilization of flexible (targeted at increasing employees¿ temporal and spatial flexibility) and care-related (aimed at assisting employees in combining work with care giving) policies with work-life enrichment of Dutch professionals. Research further suggests that managerial support is critical when it comes to the utilization and effectiveness of work-life programs. Case study research emphasizes that managerial attitudes and practices are shaped by the organizational culture in which managers operate. This study relates work-life culture in general and supervisor support in particular to the utilization of (flexible and care-related) work-life policies and work-life enrichment. Finally, few previous studies have examined the associations of work-life integration with professionals¿ career progression. We analyze the utilization of work-life policies in association with work-life culture, work-life enrichment, and career advancement. Interviews with managers further show that their support for work-life programs is not unconditional and is characterized by a short-term orientation. The analysis is based on survey research in two samples, and on qualitative interviews among Dutch professionals.
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Title of host publicationCreating balance? International perspectives on the work-life integration of professionals
EditorsS. Kaiser, M. Ringlstetter, M. Pina e Cunha, D.R. Eikhof
Place of PublicationBerlin
Number of pages330
ISBN (Print)9783642161988
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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