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Positive Psychological Interventions Intended for a Supportive Work-Family Culture

  • Eileen KoekemoerEmail author
  • Micaela Petrou
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Abstract

Over the past decades, the interplay between work and family domains have been a topic of concern for not only individuals but also organisations. As a result extensive literature is available in this regard, where research suggest that a work culture that support, value, and assists with the integration of employees’ work and family lives, becomes a necessity for reducing possible work-family interference. The overall aim of this chapter is to understand the importance and presence of a supportive work-family culture; and identify how organisations can incorporate various positive psychological interventions aimed at improving or aiding in employees’ work-family needs. This chapter contributes to current work-family literature by incorporating a multi-level perspective to explain various positive work-family interventions, i.e. interventions aimed at organisational (e.g. schedule control and results orientation, work-life job analyses); group (e.g. training managers in relational skills, supportive supervisor behaviour training); and individual level (e.g. mindfulness as cognitive-emotional segmentation strategy). The chapter concludes with an evidence-based case study of current organisational work-family interventions as implemented by 30 South African organisations. The empirical study described in this chapter is based on survey data, which was obtained from a non-probability, purposive voluntary sample of 30 organisations in South Africa (including small, medium and large organisations). The survey with open-ended questions was used to understand how these organisations view their role in contributing to the work-life balance of their employees and to ascertain which interventions they currently apply in this regard. The empirical data discussed in the chapter was analysed through thematic analysis.

Keywords

Positive work-family interventions Work-family culture Work-life job analysis Family-supportive supervisor behaviour Mindfulness 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Human Resource ManagementUniversity of PretoriaPretoriaSouth Africa

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