Work-life policy: does it do exactly what it says on the tin?

Wise, Sarah and Bond, Sue (2003) Work-life policy: does it do exactly what it says on the tin? Women in Management Review, 18 (1/2). pp. 20-31. ISSN 0964 9425

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Policies which help employees balance their work and non-work priorities have become increasingly popular among UK employers in recent years. Along with a legislative imperative for family leave-related policies, employers are being encouraged to introduce work-life policies and make them more inclusive in order to enhance their business performance. This paper looks at how four financial services organisations have approached the work-life balance agenda and examines the fit between the organisational intentions for work-life policy and actual outcomes for both organisations and employees. Culture played a large part in determining the experience of policies but so did resources. What managers were being asked to achieve in the business was often incompatible with formal work-life policies. Despite the rhetoric, work-life balance was still viewed as a tool for, and was used by female parents, limiting its potential to achieve the promoted business benefits.

Item Type: Article
Print ISSN: 0964 9425
Electronic ISSN: 1758-7182
Uncontrolled Keywords: Family-friendly organizations; work-life balance; organizational culture; working hours; employment law; labour policy;
University Divisions/Research Centres: Edinburgh Napier University, Employment Research Institute
Dewey Decimal Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 330 Economics > 331 Labor economics
600 Technology > 650 Management & public relations > 658 General management
Library of Congress Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Item ID: 2117
Depositing User: RAE Import
Date Deposited: 28 Feb 2008 13:00
Last Modified: 29 Aug 2013 16:25

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