Work-Life Policies, Programs, and Practices: Helping Women, Men, and Workplaces

  • Laura SabattiniEmail author
  • Faye J. Crosby
Part of the International Handbooks of Quality-of-Life book series (IHQL)


This chapter discusses work-life policies and programs that help employees manage work and personal demands. In recent years, as a result of the workforce growing increasingly global and diverse, research and practices on work-life dynamics have expanded from a focus on family work to a broader range of programs and benefits, including flexible working, telecommuting, and wellness resources. Yet, despite progress, most organizations have not fully caught up with workforce changes and still rely on old norms and assumptions about work and careers, and about gender. Work-life programs and policies hold the potential to support cultural change and create more inclusive workplaces that respect different life paths, career goals and working styles.


Gender Women Workforce Organizational change Parental leave Flexible working Work-life Work-family 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Catalyst Inc.New YorkUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyUniversity of California Santa CruzSanta CruzUSA

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