Work-family conflict has emerged as a prominent social issue because of its pervasiveness and complexity. Yet there has been little cultural appraisal of remedies to this conflict or what solutions do or do not work and why. The purpose of the present volume is to foster informed dialogue and debate among various constituencies that have an interest in solving the problems inherent in this conflict... The book's 21 chapters deal with managerial challenges; views from a variety of perspectives, including legal, cultural, and international dimensions; career development initiatives; and future directions.... [A]ll three of the target audiences (i.e., educators, counselors, and human resource professionals) should find the volume relevant. The book is well organized, contains introductory and summary chapters by the editors, and is well documented. Highly recommended for academic and professional business and social work collections.
Despite the proliferation of corporate work-family programs and calls for a renewal of family values, the goal of achieving a healthy balance between work and family remains elusive. The contributors to this balanced and thoughtful volume examine that social dilemma from a 'stakeholder perspective.' The authors see work-family tensions as a multifaceted social issue and examine the nature and consequences of these tensions from the viewpoint of individuals, employers, consultants, counseling professionals and other service providers. Legal, cultural, international and research perspectives are described, and the unique concerns of vulnerable groups, such as nonexempt employees and ethnic minorties, are recognized. Academics in the social sciences, executive decisionmakers in government and business, human resources professionals, and employed men and women interested in achieving work-life balance will find this insightful volume stimulating and useful.
A strength of the book is the inclusion of the perspectives of different players in the work-family arena, usually in the form of commentaries, rather than traditional research reports or literature reviews.
...this book is a valuable interdisciplinary resource for work-family educators, researchers, advocates, and policy makers; the diversity of the chapters alone indicates the multifaceted nature of the work-family nexus.
This thoughtful compilation...could be of use to labor educators....It has a concluding chapter on the importance of collaborative relationships, and labor educators should find no problem identifying a role for unions when they discuss these issues with labor audiences and helping professionals. This volume's strength includes how it defines the issues and some of its proposed solutions; its clear statement on the deficiencies of most employer work-family programs: its review of the panorama of corporate, helping professional and academic researcher perspectives; and some of its contributors' visions of the future.