Organizational Barriers


  • Tammy Allen

Document type: Encyclopedia Entry

Appears in: Work and Family Encyclopedia

Year: 2003


  • Employee Benefits
  • Family-Friendly
  • Organizations
  • Work and Family


  • Psychology


Many organizations have responded to the changing demographics of the workplace by implementing a variety of benefits and policies designed to help employees balance their work and nonwork lives. These benefits and policies are instituted with the desire to create what has been termed as the “family-friendly” workplace. [For a description of the family-friendly workplace, see Pitt-Catsouphes’ entry in the Work and Family Encyclopedia.] Despite these efforts, there are a number of organizational barriers that can inhibit employers from developing and maintaining a family-supportive work environment. For the purposes of this entry, organizational barriers are defined as factors that prevent organizations from implementing, and/or factors that reduce the effectiveness of family-supportive benefits and policies after they are in place.

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