Uptake of family-supportive leave among public sector employees: The relationship between leave utilisation and individual and family wellbeing

Troup, Carolyn (2010). Uptake of family-supportive leave among public sector employees: The relationship between leave utilisation and individual and family wellbeing. In: 11th Australian Institute of Family Studies conference proceedings. 11th Australian Institute of Family Studies Conference, Melbourne, Australia, (). 7-9 July 2010.

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Author Troup, Carolyn
Title of paper Uptake of family-supportive leave among public sector employees: The relationship between leave utilisation and individual and family wellbeing
Conference name 11th Australian Institute of Family Studies Conference
Conference location Melbourne, Australia
Conference dates 7-9 July 2010
Proceedings title 11th Australian Institute of Family Studies conference proceedings
Place of Publication Melbourne, Australia
Publisher Australian Institute of Family Studies
Publication Year 2010
Sub-type Published abstract
Total pages 1
Language eng
Abstract/Summary Organisations are increasingly implementing a range of work-leave entitlements to assist employees to balance work and family responsibilities. Recent evidence has suggested mixed findings on the impact of work-leave policy on employees' wellbeing, citing organisational culture and inequity among employees as the major barrier to their uptake. There is limited evidence within Australia to effectively evaluate the impact of these policies. Examining leave use among a group of employees with a well-established set of policy entitlements and broadly similar working conditions allows for a detailed examination of the factors associated with the implementation of policy. Using data from an online survey of Queensland public sector employees conducted in August 2008, this paper reports on the utilisation of a number of entitlements including various flexible leave options as well as entitlements intended for employees with caring responsibilities (e.g., carers, parental leave). Regression analyses examine the relationship between leave utilisation on a number of measures of wellbeing. Findings suggest positive benefits are not always guaranteed, with differences evident across gender and leave usage. The paper concludes that implementation processes continue to hinder outcomes for some employees.
Subjects 160899 Sociology not elsewhere classified
Keyword Public sector employees
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Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Abstract published online only.

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