This brief and accessible title integrates contemporary scholarly research with compelling vignettes to make it appealing to both instructors and undergraduate audiences. While focused on the United States in respect to its target audience and emphasis, it contains considerable international data that compares and contrasts social policies adopted in Europe and elsewhere. In so doing, it shows both the strengths and the limitations of the approaches used in the U.S. This title is the only single source that summarizes the origins of work–family concerns, the diversities of needs and experiences, the impact of tensions on the family front, the consequences of tensions for employers, and different types of policies that can make meaningful differences not only in the lives of employees, but also potentially in job quality and national productivity.

Origins of Contemporary Work-Family Dilemmas

Origins of contemporary work-family dilemmas

It is self-evident that work today is performed in ways very different from earlier periods. Few people tend to crops, milk cows, or make their own cheese. And yet new ways of working are reopening opportunities to return to old ways of integrating work and family. For example, the modern technologies that make telecommuting possible enable work to be performed in and around the home, much in the way that work was performed in and around the home in agrarian societies. So although few workers today are engaged in family farming, it is possible for many workers to perform their jobs while also tending to soup simmering on the stove and children at their feet. But ...

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