Family (un)friendly workplaces: the results of sociological survey


The author analysis availability of workplace resources that may contribute to the successful combiningof professional and family responsibilities on the example of employed mothers who have at least one child under 10years of age and live in a big city(Poltava, Ukraine). The empirical base is the author’s research on everydaymothers’ practices of combining paid work and child care, conducted in December, 2014–July, 2015. The authoranalyses accessibility of these workplace resources through identifyingopportunities of flexible work time andflexible work place, flexible leave, social protection, and company management and colleges’ loyalty to workerswith family responsibilities. It was found that state enterprises provide more resources for social protection andopportunities for flexible leave, however private enterprises give rather more opportunities for flexible working timeand flexible workplace on the background of greater prevalence of unfavorable characteristics of working time(atypical working hours, overtime and weekend work).

The author also revealed that weak institutional conditionsfor the work-family balance is one of the factors affecting mothers’ employment strategy that are: postponed returnto work after childbirth, search for a newworkplace with better working conditions, and extension of parental leave.

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