The work-life interface and the role of HR: employee experiences in Brazil

Santos, Clarice and Garibaldi de Hilal, Adriana V. (2018) The work-life interface and the role of HR: employee experiences in Brazil. Community, Work & Family . ISSN 1366-8803

Full content URL: http://doi.org/10.1080/13668803.2018.1547270

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Abstract

Work-life studies address an individual's need to reconcile work and non-work aspects of life. With the increasing demands in both spheres, organizations have responded by developing policies and programs aimed at alleviating conflict and providing support for workers. However, the concepts of work-life balance and work-life conflict were constructed within a particular time and place and thus may be culture and context-specific. Despite an increasing trend in cross-cultural work-life studies, most research has focused on developed countries and a key issue remains examining whether theories, models and findings are valid in a less comparable setting. The present research contributes to this understanding by examining the work-life interface from the perspective of human resource professionals in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Findings suggest that there is little organizational support beyond what is mandated by the government and the prevalence of informal arrangements. In addition, there is a remarkable difference in terms of work-life provisions between Brazilian and multinational firms.

Keywords:Work-life interface, work-family interface, work-life support, organizational policies, human resources professionals, Brazil
Subjects:N Business and Administrative studies > N690 Human Resources not elsewhere classified
Divisions:Lincoln International Business School
ID Code:34741
Deposited On:22 Jan 2019 15:04

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