About the Center
Founded in 1990, the Boston College Center for Work & Family is committed to enhancing the quality of life of today's workforce by providing leadership for the integration of work and life, an essential for individual, organizational, and community success. Our vision is that companies and communities will work together to ensure their mutual prosperity and the well being of employees and their families.
The Center works with leading employers committed to creating workplace cultures that support the “dual agenda” of individual and organizational success. Our corporate partners are human resource directors, many of whom specialize in areas such as Work/Life, Diversity, Human Resource Development, Organization Development, and Employee Health and Well-being. All share a common interest in implementing approaches that help employees find greater balance, increase productivity, and develop both professionally and personally.
The Center has two primary differentiators. First, we provide a bridge that links academic research and corporate practice. We bring together thought leaders from both arenas to create dialogue that will help practitioners develop better workforce management approaches supported by rigorous research.
Second, we view our work from a cultural change perspective. For an organization to change its workforce management culture, three critical players need to be actively engaged and aligned. Human resources must develop innovative approaches to address the wide range of issues encompassed in work/life (including for example:diversity, career development, employee engagement and health and well-being) and imbed these in the organization’s workforce management policies and programs. Senior leaders and line managers must see work/life as an approach to increasing organizational effectiveness and create a culture that engenders a balanced approach to managing their workforce. Individual employees must proactively manage their careers in order to achieve their professional and personal objectives. Building a comprehensive workforce management strategy requires that all three key stakeholders are active participants in the process.