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Managing work-life policies in the European workplace: explorations for future research

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Dulk, Laura den; Peper, Bram

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Corporate Editor University of Edinburgh, Publication and Dissemination Centre (PUDISCwowe)
Abstract In this paper we focus on the implementation and management of work-life policies in the workplace and the key role of managers in this context. We review the existing literature, enabling us to set a research agenda focused on explaining managerial attitudes and behaviour toward work-life policies in different organisational and national contexts. The evidence found in several studies suggests that managers often receive mixed messages about the implementation of work/ life policies because these policies are not embedded in the workplace; managers are often unaware of such policies and lack training in them, leading to inconsistency in implementation and short-term thinking rather than a long-term perspective that cherishes human capital. Our review points to the need for more research allowing a full understanding of managerial attitudes and behaviour in different organisational and national contexts. Although a few interesting studies do exist, research in the field is still in its infancy. More research is needed, in particular systematic studies with well-developed theoretical frameworks.
Keywords work-life-balance; flexibility; employment policy; company policy; labor; management; working conditions; layout; work-family balance; Europe
Classification Management Science; Working Conditions; Labor Market Research
Free Keywords line managers; work-life policies; allowance decisions; European workplace
Document language English
Publication Year 2009
City Edinburgh
Page/Pages 31 p.
Series Working Papers on the Reconciliation of Work and Welfare in Europe, REC-WP 04/2009
Status Published Version; reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications