Family and Work

Family and work are important factors in most people’s lives. So often, one area negatively affects the other, placing a sometimes unbearable amount of pressure on people. Working parents are not new in our society, but there are ways to lessen that pressure and make life a little easier for them. Our compilation of family and work research offers some insight on issues that arise when family life and the workplace collide. Analyses include why diverse families, military families and breastfeeding are important issues in the workplace and how alternate work arrangements and support, like telecommuting and employer-supported child care, can produce positive effects in the workplace.

The Three Faces of Work Family Conflict: A report from the combined efforts of  Joan C. Williams, of the Center for Work Life Law at the Hastings College of Law, and Heather Boushey of the Center for American Progress. The report describes the conflicts between the family and work lives of workers, and was published in January 2010.

Policy Mini-Brief Series: Breastfeeding and the Workplace: A brief compiled by Julie Weber of the Sloan Work and Family Research Network, describing the necessity of public policies to support breast-feeding by workers. It was published in 2009.

Policy Mini-Brief Series: Military Families with Children: A brief compiled by Julie Weber, published by the Sloan Work and Family Research Network in 2009, describing the unique challenges faced by military families.

Effective Workplace Series: Telework:  A brief compiled by Judi Casey and Sarah Morrison for the Sloan Work and Family Research Network, describing the benefits for businesses that provide telework programs for their employees. It was first published in 2007, and updated in June of 2009.

Fact Sheet: Overwork: A fact sheet on the nature of overwork and its costs, put together by the Sloan Work and Family Research Network.
Effective Workplace Series: Employer Supported Child Care: A brief by Judi Casey of the Sloan Work and Family Research Group on the benefits of employer-supported child care. It was originally published in 2007, and updated in June of 2009.

Effective Workplace Series: Diverse Families:A brief compiled by Judi Casey and Caitlin Sullivan for the Sloan Work and Family Research Network, published initially in 2007, and updated in June of 2009. It describes the diversity of family lives experienced by employees, and it is an important workplace issue.