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.
About the Authors vii
Foreword by Professor Ronald J. Burke ix
Foreword by The Rt. Hon. Patricia Hewitt, MP xiii
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