Cultural Support of Work/Life Integration Strategies. Is employer support of work/life integration a business issue?. Ice Breaker:. Is support for work/family integration a business issue? Why or why not? Form a pair.
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Is employer support of work/life integration a business issue?
Meeting employee’s personal needs are not yet seen as meeting customers’ needs
Work/life policies are still largely programmatic
little link to other HR policies
little focus on informal cultural issues
glass ceiling effectGap Between Rhetoric and Reality
In his leadership seminars “finding balance between my work and family” is the number one issue of attendees.
Successful executives are more likely to work long hours, be willing to make sacrifices to get ahead.
Also likely to have personal characteristics detrimental to their children strive for perfection,impatience, efficiency)
Fortune article: Execs.’ children more likely to have emotional and health problemsEnding the War Between Work and Family
Many firms offer flexible schedules but barriers to use persist: supervisors & fear about career impact
Time Bind: We live denial:
Either dream about the potential balanced future self; minimize our needs or our families’ needs.
1993 Catalyst study
1/4 of HR managers felt that use of flexible policies had negative impact on career advancement
32% of employees surveyed at Johnson & Johnson felt using flexibility would hurt careersChanging the Corporate Culture
Benefit programs can only satisfy workers and make them happier, they cannot make employees more productive.
Face Time (or hours present at the office) equals output/performance.
Equitable means identical.
Families and children are private matters. The choice to have children is personal and should neither be sanctioned nor discouraged.Common U. S. Work/Life Assumptions
To get high quality, you need to be sensitive to the personal needs that employees have. There should no be a division between personal needs and what is going on on work. (Motorola)Some Selected Quotations from Managerial Interviews