Freedom or fallout in local government? How work-life culture impacts employees using flexible work practices

This exploratory study investigates five conceptually distinct dimensions of work-life culture which account for the gap between work-life policy provision and utilization: 'Manager Support'; 'Organizational Time Expectations'; 'Career Consequences'; 'Gendered Perceptions of Policy Use' and 'Co-worker Support', among 22 employees using flexible work practices (13 women, 9 men) in a local government organization in Australia. Flexible work practices is understood as 'flexible working place', 'flexible working hours' and 'flexible contracts'. The findings inform the development of targeted strategies that help alleviate the cultural barriers preventing the use of work-life policies by eligible employees and contribute to the emergent area of organizational work-life culture as a theoretical construct.


Author(s) Paula McDonald; Barbara Pini; Lisa Bradley
Language Dutch
Year of publication Dec, 2008
Journal The International Journal of Human Resource Management
Volume, Number 16, 4
Page(s) 602 - 622

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