'I Just Juggle': Work and Family Balance in Australian Organisations

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Title 'I Just Juggle': Work and Family Balance in Australian Organisations
Author Burgess, John; Henderson, Lindy; Strachan, Glenda Jean
Publication Title Our work....our lives: National conference on women and industrial relations: Proceedings of the 1st Biennial Conference of the National Network of Working Women's Centres, held in conjunction with Griffith University
Editor Janis Bailey, Kaye Broadbent, Linda Edwards, Paula McDonald, Gillian Whitehouse
Year Published 2006
Place of publication Brisbane
Publisher Department of Industrial Relations, Griffith University
Abstract The workforce share of women has increased but they still carry the predominate share of unpaid work in the home. What conditions and workplace support do women workers require to facilitate the integration of work and family responsibilities? To what extent does an organisation's equal employment opportunity (EEO) program and workplace bargaining address the integration of work and family care issues? How do women workers fill the commitment gap between work and care? This paper analyses the EEO reports and industrial agreements of six organisations and interviews a range of managers and staff. Findings suggest that having an EEO program and workplace agreement is no guarantee that work and family measures will be introduced. Heavily dependent on a business case, such measures are unevenly distributed within and across workplaces. The commitment gap is generally met through a variety of informal and ad hoc measures from the workplace and the home.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Copyright Statement Copyright remains with the authors 2006. The attached file is posted here with permission of the copyright owners for your personal use only. No further distribution permitted. For information about this conference please refer to the publisher's website or contact the authors.
ISBN 1 920952 691
Conference name Our work....our lives: National conference on women and industrial relations
Location Brisbane
Date From 2006-07-12
Date To 2006-07-14
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/13250
Date Accessioned 2006-07-28
Language en_AU
Research Centre Centre for Work, Organisation and Wellbeing
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject PRE2009-Human Resources Management
Publication Type Conference Publications (Full Written Paper - Refereed)
Publication Type Code e1

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