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.
Chapter 6: Work-Family Interface as a National Priority
Work-Family Interface as a National Priority
In 2011 I attended an international conference on work and family in Tampere, Finland. As has been the case at other conferences I traveled to, I found it interesting not only to learn of how workers and families are treated by other societies, but also the words and phrases used to describe these differences. For example, an Australian described her country as only entitling workers to 4 weeks of paid vacation. And while my colleagues and I try to position work-family concerns as agenda items in the United States, elsewhere nations are actively wrestling with work-family policies, trying to maximize their returns. For example, while the topic of paid family leave is scarcely mentioned ...