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Balancing Work and Family: The Role of High-Commitment Environments

Citation

Berg, Peter; Kalleberg, Arne L.; & Appelbaum, Eileen (2003). Balancing Work and Family: The Role of High-Commitment Environments. Industrial Relations, 42(2), 168-88.

Abstract

Recently, researchers have begun to recognize that the nature of jobs, the workplace environment, and more generally, the culture of the workplace can have a significant impact on the ability of workers to balance their work and family lives. This article examines the effect of high‐performance work practices, job characteristics, and the work environment on workers’ views about whether the company helps them balance work and family. Using data from a survey of workers across three manufacturing industries, we show that a high‐commitment environment—characterized by high‐performance work practices, intrinsically rewarding jobs, and understanding supervisors—positively influences employees’ perceptions that the company is helping them achieve this balance. This article reinforces the view that helping workers balance work and family responsibilities is not just a matter of benefits and formal family‐friendly policies. Rather, it also depends on the characteristics of jobs within the business enterprise.

URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1468-232X.00286

Reference Type

Journal Article

Journal Title

Industrial Relations

Author(s)

Berg, Peter
Kalleberg, Arne L.
Appelbaum, Eileen

Year Published

2003

Volume Number

42

Issue Number

2

Pages

168-88

Reference ID

2022