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What Can Be Done?

Stewart D. Friedman and Jeffrey H. Greenhaus

in Work and Family—Allies or Enemies?

Published in print July 2000 | ISBN: 9780195112757
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199848737 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195112757.003.0009
What Can Be Done?

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What the author endorses in this chapter are integration and conflict reduction between family and work. Strengthening the alliance between work and family needs understanding, and it requires options. At present, corporate and social policies in general don't support options because they are rooted largely on outmoded gender role stereotypes, employment models, and cultural values that started in the days of a different workforce demography — with dad at a job away from home, mom back with the kids, and the boss keeping a close eye on employees to make sure they were producing great results. Every aspect of the action agenda is based on the assumption that greater diversity in options is necessary and that providing this diversity is in line with the needs of business.

Keywords: integration; conflict reduction; gender role; diversity; business

Chapter.  14947 words. 

Subjects: Business Strategy

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