From Work-Family Balance to Work-Family Interaction: Changing the Metaphor [NOOK Book]

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There are many lessons to be learned about work-family interaction. It is clear that some people have learned how to combine work and family in ways that are mutually supporting--at least much of the time--and some employers have created work environments and policies that make positive interdependence of these two spheres more likely to occur. This book discusses measures of work-family, conflict, policies designed to reduce conflict, comparisons with other industrialized nations, and reasons why family-friendly...
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From Work-Family Balance to Work-Family Interaction: Changing the Metaphor

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Overview

There are many lessons to be learned about work-family interaction. It is clear that some people have learned how to combine work and family in ways that are mutually supporting--at least much of the time--and some employers have created work environments and policies that make positive interdependence of these two spheres more likely to occur. This book discusses measures of work-family, conflict, policies designed to reduce conflict, comparisons with other industrialized nations, and reasons why family-friendly work-policies have not been adopted with enthusiasm. The purpose is to consider a broad range of topics that pertain to work and family with the goal of helping employers and working families understand the work-life options that are available so they can make choices that offer returns-on-investments to employers, families, and society at large that are consistent with personal and societal values.

This book brings together a superb panel of experts from different disciplines to look at work and family issues and the way they interact. Part I is an overview--with a brief discussion by a psychologist, economist, and a political scientist--each of whom provide their own interpretation of how their discipline views this hybrid field. Part II considers the business case of the question of why employers should invest in family-friendly work policies, followed by a section on the employer response to work family interactions. Families are the focus of the Part IV, followed by a look at children--many of whom are at the heart of work and family interaction.
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"This volume will make valuable reading for all of those involved in the area of work and family." —Family Matters
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781135614898
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 6/17/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • File size: 3 MB

Table of Contents

1 From balance to interaction : why the metaphor is important 3
2 How we study work-family interactions 11
3 Enhancing work-family and work-life interaction : the role of management 27
4 Work-family balance : does the market reward firms that respect it? 49
5 Corporate responsibilities 67
6 Sitting at the corporate table : how work-family policies are really made 71
7 Balancing work and family demands in the military : what happens when your employer tells you to go to war? 83
8 Understanding burnout : work and family issues 99
9 Home to school to work - transitions for African Americans : eliminating barriers to success 117
10 The limits of connectivity : technology and 21st-century life 135
11 Dual-earner couples : good/bad for her and/or him? 151
12 The influence of maternal employment on the work and family expectations of offspring 177
13 Maternal and dual-earner employment and children's development : redefining the research agenda 197
14 Children's perspectives of employed mothers and fathers : closing the gap between public debates and research findings 219
15 Imagining the future : a dialogue on the societal value of care 237
16 Vision for the future of work and family interaction 251
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