Research on Work-Life & Flexibility
Boston College Center for Work & Family
Our latest fatherhood report explores the conflict faced by fathers as they strive to meet their personal and professional goals. The study describes three types of fathers (Egalitarian, Conflicted, and Traditional) across three generations (Millennials, Generation X and Baby-boomers) and explores how each type of father is faring in terms of job and career satisfaction and caregiving arrangements at home.
Our 2016 report on "The New Dad" reviewed survey responses from Millennial fathers and contrasted these with Millennial mothers as well as fathers who had participated in our 2011 survey. The report further explores the trend of involved fatherhood and the challenges experienced by today's dads as they strive to manage their work and personal lives. Presentation Slides
The New Dad: A Portrait of Today's Father (2015) This report reviews BCCWF research as well as the work of other leading scholars to paint a more nuanced picture of today's new dad. The report is framed around the Top Ten questions we are asked about our fatherhood research.
The New Dad: Take Your Leave (2014) The study explores different perspectives on paternity leave, including a survey of fathers, a benchmarking study of paternity leave policies at leading organizations, and a review of global paternity leave policies and practices, as well as U.S. states that have enacted laws to provide paid parental leave. Executive Summary
The New Dad: A Work (and Life) in Progress (2013) summarizes the findings from the three prior Fatherhood studies. Please visit the newdad.org for additional information on all the CWF fatherhood studies and follow-on actions.
The New Dad: Right at Home (2012), the center’s third report on fathers, observes the impact of shifting gender roles through in-depth interviews with 31 at-home dads and surveys with 23 of their spouses.
The New Dad: Caring, Committed and Conflicted (2011) contains the results of a quantitative study of nearly 1000 fathers working in four diverse Fortune 500 companies.
The New Dad: Exploring Fatherhood within a Career Context (2010) is based on qualitative interview with 33 new fathers with children 3 to 18 months in age. It explores how these recent fathers were adjusting to their increased family responsibilities and how those were impacting their view of their careers and their responsibilities at home.
Defining Paternity Leave: Shifting Roles, New Responsibilities in the Family and the Workplace (2004) is an executive briefing that summarizes the business impact of shifting gender roles, provides parental leave best practices from leading employers, and suggests solutions and strategies for addressing common roadblocks to implementing and increasing usage of paternity leave. PowerPoint presentation
Flexible Work Schedules
The Future of Flexibility: Executive Briefing Series Publication (2014)
PowerPoint Presentation Workplace Flexibility: Managing for Success (video)
National Workplace Flexibility Study (2014) Study reveals strategy to help managers overcome objections to flexible work. Please visit www.workplaceflex.org for additional information. Results Webinar Recording PowerPoint Presentation
Overcoming the Implementation Gap: How 20 Leading Companies are Making Flexibility Work (2007) presents in detail an array of exemplary flexibility programs from leading companies along with insights, recommendations and strategies believed to be responsible for their success. Executive Summary
Creating a Culture of Flexibility (2003) helps leaders create work environments where employees are engaged and committed to achieve organizational goals while effectively managing their lives outside of the workplace. PowerPoint presentation
Bringing Work Home: Advantages and Challenges of Telecommuting (2002) provides practitioners with a history of telecommuting, its underlying rationale, and the strengths and potential pitfalls of telecommuting programs.
Measuring the Impact of Workplace Flexibility (1998) presents the findings of the National Work/Life Measurement Project and focuses on issues most important for managers as they strive to introduce and/or continue to implement flexible work arrangements.
Moving Work-Life Forward: Increasing our Relevance and Impact (2012) highlights some of the major trends in the workplace that will have a significant bearing on future work-life efforts and presents action plan ideas for work-life practitioners.
The Work-Life Evolution Study (2007) reviews the history of the work-life field, examines current trends and projects potential directions for employers and practitioners.
Dynamic Workforce Trends (2005) examines four important trends: health & wellness, diversity, aging workforce and flexible work; and how managers can address the needs of the changing workforce. PowerPoint presentation
Work-Life in China provides demographic trends and the context of employment in China, information on the cultural values that shape the Chinese approach to work-life, a review of salient work-life issues in China, and challenges and best practices for work-life initiatives in China (References, PowerPoint Presentation).
Work and Life in China provides a more detailed (52 pages) view of work-life in China.
Work-Life in India provides information on the Indian cultural context, demographic and economic trends that impact work-life efforts, trends in work and family research in India and work-life best practices and recommended initiatives in India (References, PowerPoint Presentation).
Work-Life In Japan provides the economic, social and demographic context for work-life issues in Japan; describes the Japanese corporate culture and what is shaping the work-life agenda and national policies; and provides work-life best practices and recommendations for future progress (References).
Work and Family Issues in Japan and the Republic of Korea explores the growing awareness of organizations regarding employees’ needs. It reviews global diversity strategies regarding work and family issues as they relate to economic stability in Japan and the Republic of Korea.
Work-Life in Germany provides the economic, social and demographic context for work-life issues in Germany; describes the German government work-life regulations and supports; and provides work-life best practices and recommendations for future progress (Podcast Recording).
International Work/Life Country Briefing for Norway provides information on social/demographic trends, public policy supporting families, hot topics in work and family, and a list of local resources.
Work-Life in Sweden provides demographic and economic trends that impact work-life efforts in Sweden, describes the political and social context and what is shaping the work-life agenda, and describes work-life best practices and recommended initiatives in Sweden (References, PowerPoint Presentation).
Work-Life in Russia gives a description of the political and economic environments in Russia, describes social and family dynamics influencing the work culture, explains trends that are shaping the work-life agenda, and describes employee sponsored best practice programs and policies (References).
International Work/Life Country Briefing for the UK provides information on social/demographic trends, public policy supporting families, hot topics in work and family, employer role, and a list of local resources.
Work-Life in Mexico explores the economic, political, and social context in Mexico; demographic trends and cultural values that impact work-life efforts; what is informing the Mexican work-life agenda; and work-life best practices and recommended initiatives in Mexico.
Work-Life in Brazil provides the economic, political, and social context in Brazil; demographic trends and cultural values that impact work-life efforts; what is shaping the Brazilian work-life agenda; and work-life best practices and recommended initiatives in Brazil (References, PowerPoint Presentation).
The Quality of Life in Brazil and Mexico discusses the complex dimensions of work/life experiences in Latin America. The information presented details the work/life issues in Brazil and Mexico and offers the reader an opportunity to reflect on contrasting and shared work/life beliefs and priorities.