Harmonizing Work, Family, and Personal Life: From Policy to Practice

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Organizations can no longer afford to assume that the ideal employee is male, full-time, and free from responsibilities outside work. As the percentage of women in the active work population rises, and the number of dual-income families grows, there is an ever greater demand for more flexible patterns of employment. Harmonizing Work, Family, and Personal Life examines the organizational challenges of introducing work-life policies and practices from both an individual and a managerial perspective. Drawing on a broad range of international case studies of companies where such policies have both succeeded and failed, it acts as a practical guide for policy design and implementation. Harmonizing Work, Family, and Personal Life will be essential reading for human resource practitioners, advanced students and academic researchers in the field of human resource management, organizational behavior, or career management.

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'Changing times call for changing paradigms. Harmonizing Work, Family, and Personal Life serves as a bridge to the future. Rather than seeing work versus family and personal lives - a concept that has held sway for several decades - this book strives for a both/and approach of 'harmonizing' our lives. And rather than research for researchers versus human resource practice for practitioners, this book unites theory, research, policy, and practice across borders and continents. As such, it offers a wealth of research-tested practical ideas that can benefit employees and employers alike.' Ellen Galinsky, President, Families and Work Institute, New York

'Poelmans, Caligiuri, and their contributors offer today's human resource professionals a highly useful guide to perhaps the greatest challenge facing employees in contemporary organizations: integrating professional and personal demands and aspirations. The authors cover a range of important and timely topics including the impact of globalization on employees, facilitating career-life integration, and understanding how to create effective, supportive workplace cultures. Grounded in research but with clear implications for practice, this volume provides excellent insights and guidance for developing effective workforce management strategies.' Professor Brad Harrington, Executive Director, Boston College Center for Work and Family

'This inspiring book contains profound knowledge of work-family matters pertinent to business organizations, HR practitioners, researchers, and individual career aspirations. Current and grounded in the importance of understanding today's workforce diversity and economic globalization, it provides a wide range of policy options that can be tailored to fit firm-specific strategic goals. It is truly international, and includes in-depth analysis of multiple real world examples of employers offering culturally appropriate work-family and individual career assistance programs. This will be particularly valuable for multinational organizations as they strive to transfer competence across borders through people.' Professor Nini Yang, College of Business, San Francisco State University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521858694
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 9/29/2008
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Steven A. Y. Poelmans is Assistant Professor of Managing People in Organizations at IESE Business School, Barcelona, where he is co-founder and Academic Director of the International Center of Work and Family. Professor Poelmans is also the coordinator of the second phase of the Collaborative International Study on Managerial Stress (CISMSII), the first international study of work-family conflict in 26 countries.

Paula Caligiuri is Associate Professor in the Human Resource Management Department in the School of Management and Labor Relations at Rutgers University, where she is the Director of the Center for Human Resource Strategy (CHRS). As a consultant, Professor Caligiuri is the President of Caligiuri and Associates, Inc., a consulting firm specializing in selection, performance assessment, and development of global leaders.

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Table of Contents

List of figures; List of tables; List of contributors; Introduction Steven Poelmans; Part I. Describing Different Work-Life Policies/Policy Development/Pitfalls: 1. Strategic HR and work-life balance Paula Caligiuri and Nicole Givelekian; 2. Reviewing policies for harmonizing work, family and personal life Steven Poelmans and Barbara Beham; 3. Integrating career development and work-family policy Tammy Allen; 4. Work-life balance on global assignments Paula Caligiuri and Mila Lazarova; 5. IBM case Joan Giue and Oana Petrescu; Part II. Policy Design, Implementation, and Deployment: 6. Stages in the implementation of work-family policies Steven A. Y. Poelmans, Shilpa Patel and Barbara Beham; 7. Policy development across borders: a framework for work-life initiatives in multinational enterprises Anne Bardoel and Helen DeCieri; Annex: ACREW Key Performance Indicators (KPI) Checklist of Work/Life Best Practice; Part III. Cultural Change: 8. Barriers to the planning, implementation and usage of work-life policies Cynthia Thompson; 9. Proposing a model for cultural change Steven A. Y. Poelmans and Olena Stepanova; Epilogue: Social change Steven A. Y. Poelmans and Aline Masuda; Annex: List of Website references; Index.

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