Handbook of Work–Life Integration Among Professionals
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Handbook of Work–Life Integration Among Professionals

Challenges and Opportunities

Edited by Debra A. Major and Ronald J. Burke

How work and family lives can be effectively managed has been a hot topic of public debate in recent years. This Handbook integrates current thinking and research evidence regarding how professionals navigate multiple life roles to achieve satisfaction and fulfillment.
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Chapter 16: Workplace culture and work–life integration

Kristen M. Shockley, Cynthia A. Thompson and Jeanine K. Andreassi


The purpose of this chapter is to provide an overview of research and practice related to the role of the work environment – specifically, organizational cultural support for work–life integration – in facilitating employee health and well-being. Our chapter summarizes and updates previous work by Andreassi and Thompson (2008) and provides recommendations for future research. We first review definitions of work–life culture and related constructs, followed by a discussion of common conceptualizations and measurement tools. We then describe the expanding research on work–life culture, discuss how work-life culture relates to the use of work-life benefits, and describe corporate examples of initiatives designed to improve cultural support for work–life integration. We conclude with ideas for future research based on existing gaps in the literature.

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