Work-life Balance and Fathers in Austria? – Empirical Evidence at the Company Level

Against the
background of changing formal care regulations in Austria, we discuss the implementation
of these policies at company level and its impact on men’s care involvement.
Two factors are seen relevant for fathers’ to take up parental leave and to
realise a Work-Life-Balance after re-entering labour market: an organisational
culture that respects WLB issues as daily practice and where fathers are widely
supported and a sector that is dominated by female employees with long
experience in WLB-issues. We demonstrate that for both, an organisational
culture that puts WLB into practice and a sector with dominantly female employees,
individual dispositions decide about if and how WLB is implemented at company
level. We argue that more formalised equality policies like collective
agreements and statutory standards with sanctions are needed to guarantee WLB
in a broader perspective and to foster WLB as an issue also for men. The book can be ordered here.

publiziert in: Crespi, Isabella; Ruspini, Elisabetta (2016): Balancing Work and Family in a Changing Society. The Fathers' Perspective
Herausgeber der Publikation: New York, Palgrave Macmillan US
Anzahl der Seiten: 113-128
Themen: Arbeitsmarkt, Aus- und Weiterbildung, Frauen, Gender, Soziales
Mitarbeiter:innen: Helene Schiffbänker, Nadja Bergmann
Status: beendet
von: 2016 bis: 2016