Uptake of organisational work–life balance opportunities: the context of support
International Journal of Human Resource Management
This research examines the relationship between structural and cultural dimensions affecting managerial decision-making about work-life balance opportunities. Through a top-down study of two contrasting Irish organisations, we identify how each of five dimensions of work-life culture: 'managerial and organisational support', 'organisational time expectations', 'career consequences', 'gendered perception of policy use' and 'co-worker support' are mediated through managers to affect availability
... ffect availability and uptake of work-life balance opportunities and creating gaps between policy and practice. This study demonstrates how marked distinctions between the personal opportunities managers may wish to offer and the discretion available to them arise. Secondly, the concept of organisational work-life culture is advanced by elaborating the 'context of support', namely, interdependencies between organisational culture and structure that affect the uptake of work-life balance opportunities. Implications for researchers and practitioners are also discussed.