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From the PublisherA welcome contribution to theory and practice, this volumedescribes aprogram developed by the authors (academics andprofessionals experienced in the work/family and organizationalbehavior fields) to create a more equitable and satisfyingworkplace. Their program is different in that it attempts to tietogether two organizational goals usually tackled separately:improving the bottom line and improving employees' ability tomanage their work and personal lives. The authors' underlyingbeliefs that work and family life should be integrated and thatwhen it is, gender and diversity issues will be addressed andemployees will be more effective contributors to theirorganizations. When it is not integrated, management oftenexperiences costs without productivity gains, while employees oftenfeel work/family initiatives have not been successful. The authorsdetail actions taken in several consulting assignments with variouscompanies, sharing surveys and meeting agendas. They describe aprocess that includes many discussions, frequent feedback, andreevaluation. Problems andfailures as well as successes arereported. Clients are assisted inunderstanding assumptionsassociated with work needs, personal requirements, communicationmethods, outcome measurements, and rewards. The ideas presented inthis volume are provocative and the suggestions realisticallyappraised. Recommended for graduate, research, and professionalcollections.
— F. Reitman, Pace University