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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

Evaluating the Impact of Family-Friendly Employer Policies: A Case Study
Evaluating the impact of family-friendly employer policies: A case study
SuzanLewis and KarenTaylor

As in any organizational change programme, it is important to evaluate the extent to which work family initiatives meet their objectives within a specific organizational context. As outlined in Chapter 1, objectives of ‘family-friendly’ initiatives may be narrow and short term, including enhanced retention of women with children or the reduction of absenteeism, or may be broader and longer term aiming for wider corporate culture change. The latter is clearly more difficult to achieve. Organizational cultures are grounded in deep-seated beliefs about gender, the nature of work, and the ideal employee, which reflect societal norms and are often implicit or even unconscious, and therefore difficult ...

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