The Context for Change / II. Policy and Practice / III. Barriers to the Effectiveness of Current Policies and Strategies for Moving Beyond Policies to Culture Change / IV. Conclusion CONTRIBUTORS: S. Lewis, P. Moss, J. Lewis, L. Harker, J. Gonyea, B. Googins, H. Holt, I. Thaulow, C. L. Cooper, A. Watts, C. Camp, K. Taylor, P. H. Raabe, J. K. Fletcher, R. Rapoport

The Family-Friendly Employer in Europe

The family-friendly employer in Europe

This chapter considers ‘family-friendly’ workplace policies in the various European1 social contexts and examines key issues relating to these policies. A brief survey of family-friendly policies2 across the European Union is presented and the factors influencing the development of such practices are discussed. Finally, lessons to be learnt and questions for the future are considered.

Key Objectives

Little consensus about the definition of ‘family-friendly’ currently exists and establishing a working definition is difficult, particularly when a European perspective is taken. Nevertheless it is possible to identify key objectives which policies must address if they are to be considered ‘family-friendly’:

  • At their most basic, policies must enable people to fulfil family as well as work demands.
  • In order to enable ...
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