Perceptions of work family balance: How effective are family friendly policies?

Baxter, Janeen and Chesters, Jenny (2011) Perceptions of work family balance: How effective are family friendly policies?. Australian Journal of Labour Economics, 14 2: 139-151.

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Author Baxter, Janeen
Chesters, Jenny
Title Perceptions of work family balance: How effective are family friendly policies?
Journal name Australian Journal of Labour Economics
ISSN 1328-1143
Publication date 2011
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status
Volume 14
Issue 2
Start page 139
End page 151
Total pages 13
Editor Matthew Gray
Boyd Hunter
Place of publication Perth, W.A., Australia
Publisher Centre for Labour Market Research
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Formatted abstract
The increase in the proportion of mothers with young children returning to paid employment has generated considerable interest in how women juggle the demands of the workplace with the demands of the family. Making workplaces more family-friendly has potential benefits for both employees and employers, but research findings are mixed about the take-up rate of such benefits and the outcomes for improving work-family balance. In this paper, we analyse data collected from 1688 women employed in the service sector in Queensland. We examine whether women's perceptions of work-family balance are affected by access to and use of a range of family-friendly work entitlements including part-time employment, subsidized child care, various types of leave, control over rosters and variations in weekly employment hours. Our findings indicate that negative perceptions of work-family balance are linked to long work hours, having to work extra hours and unpredictable work hours. This suggests that what women need most is control over the length and scheduling of their working hours.
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Additional Notes This special edition of the Australian Journal of Labour Economics (AJLE) contains a number of articles which were presented at the 11th Australian Institute of Family Studies Conference, held in Melbourne in July 2010. The conference which was titled 'Sustaining Families in Challenging Times', included papers on a wide range of topics related to families and adverse economic environments.

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