Work-Life Integration. Case Studies of Organisational Change

  • ID: 2250645
  • Book
  • 188 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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"More people today want a life beyond work. Employees can work more effectively if they can integrate their work, families and personal lives in more satisfying ways. This becomes a win win situation for all involved. This collection moves us in this direction."

Ronald J. Burke, Professor of Organizational Behaviour, Schulich School of Business, York University, Canada

"Work Life integration", "work life balance", "flexible working arrangements": these are all terms for the same thing how to succeed at work without sacrificing your personal life.

From the employers′ perspective, the question is how to create the appropriate working environment so that workers are happy and productive.

Composed of real–life case studies from a range of organisations, Work Life Integration explores what organisations can do to achieve win win outcomes. In this innovative work, Suzan Lewis and Cary Cooper argue that there are no quick fixes and that work life policies are not sufficient for long–term sustainable change unless accompanied by broader changes in organisational cultures and practices. They focus on the processes of change and organisational learning, and use the case study examples to illustrate how these processes can work in different types of organisations. Work Life Integration provides unique insights by exploring not only what companies have done right, but also the problems encountered and the lessons learned on the way.

This is a useful tool for any company going through a change in working practices and is essential reading for HR professionals and consultants. It will also be of interest to MBA and other management students, and attendees of management training programmes, as well as students, postgraduates and lecturers in organisational psychology.

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About the Authors vii

Foreword by Professor Ronald J. Burke ix

Foreword by The Rt. Hon. Patricia Hewitt, MP xiii

Acknowledgements xvii

Chapter 1 Case Studies and Organisational Learning 1

Chapter 2 The Xerox Corporation 28

Chapter 3 Energyco 44

Chapter 4 Proffirm The Professional Practice Firm 58

Chapter 5 Printco 71

Chapter 6 Recruitco 86

Chapter 7 Adminco 95

Chapter 8 Charityco 111

Chapter 9 A Long–term View 119

Appendix A Work Life Integration Change Process 127

Appendix B Work Personal Life Harmonisation: Visions and

Pragmatic Strategies for Change 129

References 159

Index 163

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Suzan Lewis
Cary L. Cooper
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