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Managing Work-Life Policies in the European Workplace


Laura Den Dulk


Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)

Bram Peper


affiliation not provided to SSRN

2009

REC-WP Working Papers on the Reconciliation of Work and Welfare in Europe No. 04-2009

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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 behavior toward work-life policies in different organizational 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 organizational 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.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 32

Keywords: Line managers, work-life policies, allowance decisions, European workplace

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Date posted: October 24, 2009  

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den Dulk, Laura and Peper, Bram, Managing Work-Life Policies in the European Workplace (2009). REC-WP Working Papers on the Reconciliation of Work and Welfare in Europe No. 04-2009. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1489879 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1489879

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Laura Den Dulk (Contact Author)
Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) ( email )
Burgemeester Oudlaan 50
3000 DR Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland 3062PA
Netherlands
Bram Peper
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