Family-Friendly Corporation

A growing number of corporations are offering work policies and practices that are identified as family friendly. These make it possible for employees to maintain or improve balance between work and family obligations. Some corporations prefer to frame these policies as promoting work-life balance, so as to be more inclusive of all employees—including those without family responsibilities. Corporations find value in adopting family-friendly strategies and tactics in response to operational needs and some governmental regulations, and as a strategic reputation enhancement.


These work policies and practices are a continuation of human resource management that began in the 19th century, often known as “social welfare” or “employee betterment” policies. In the late 19th and early 20th century, many benefits of the modern workplace that are common ...

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