Work-Family Culture

Author(s):

  • Jeanine Andreassi
  • Cynthia Thompson

Document type: Encyclopedia Entry

Appears in: Work and Family Encyclopedia

Year: 2004

Topic:

  • Culture
  • Family-Friendly
  • Organizations
  • Wellbeing
  • Work and Family

Discipline:

  • Business and Management

Abstract:

An organization that would like to create a “family-friendly” workplace must consider four interrelated components (see the entry on family-friendly workplaces in the Sloan Work and Family Encyclopedia for more detail). First, they must design and implement benefits, practices, and policies to help employees balance their work and nonwork lives (e.g., flexible work schedules, dependent care supports). Second, they must create workplace cultures and climates that reflect a concern for employees’ lives outside of work. Third, they must encourage workplace relationships that are respectful of employees’ nonwork responsibilities. Finally, they must revisit current work processes, systems, structures, and practices to determine which ones lead to work inefficiencies, which in turn may create unnecessary stress and overwork for employees. This entry will focus on what some experts consider to be the most important component, that of creating a supportive workplace culture.

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