ERIC Number: ED338943
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: 0
Work and Family. Employers' Views. Monograph No. 11.
The increasing number of families in which both partners work has focused attention on the relationship between work and family environments, and the consequences when employers and employees attempt to balance work and family responsibilities. This qualitative study explored whether the connections between family and work life were identified as concerns by employers and how they responded to associated issues. Human resource and personnel managers (N=53) from 40 companies were questioned in semi-structured interviews to explore how the corporate response to work and family issues was influenced by the corporate ethos. Corporate values, on the whole, were still based on the premise that work and family lives were separate worlds. The corporate world explored in this survey was still largely a traditional man's domain and standards of work behavior and career advancement were basically shaped by the assumption that there was someone else to take care of all family and non-work responsibilities. Reluctance on the part of employers to initiate or expand family-oriented policies stemmed from several sources. One was confusion about who should be responsible for the consequences of changes in the social and economic forces affecting the workplace and workers. Another was entrenched beliefs about the roles of men and women and the economics of running a company. Implications of the study are discussed, and the questionnaire is included in an appendix. (LLL)
Descriptors: Employer Attitudes, Employer Employee Relationship, Family Life, Family Role, Foreign Countries, Personnel Policy, Public Policy, Social Values
Australian Institute of Family Studies, 300 Queen Street, Melbourne 3000 Victoria, Australia.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Institute of Family Studies, Melbourne (Australia).