Organizational support for the conciliation of work and family life has conquered attention at an international level and, particularly, in the European Union. Despite advances of the scientific literature identifying personal, social, and structural factors of these life-roles conciliation, the recognition of practices implemented in organizations to support the conciliation of employees' professional and family roles is still needed. This qualitative study aims to understand the perspectives of human resources responsible professionals regarding work-family/family-work conciliation practices. Using a non probabilistic snowball sampling method, eight heads of human resources, mostly female(62.5%), aged between 34 and 59 years (M = 42.13, SD = 10.13) completed a Sociodemographic and Social-professional questionnaire, as well as a semi-structured interview. Through the thematic analysis, eight first-level themes were identified –reasons of concern with work-family balance; idealized practices; implemented practices; role of Human Resources; consequences from practices; support for the implementation of practices; obstacles; and ideal organization – which in turn are deepened in second and third-order levels. Results are discussed based on the literature and one can conclude that it would be important to keep studying this topic in the future, considering larger samples and through cross-cultural studies.
|Date of Award||24 Feb 2022|
- Universidade Católica Portuguesa
|Supervisor||Íris Martins Oliveira (Supervisor)|
- Work-family/family-work relationship
- Conciliation practices
- Human resources
- Mestrado em Psicologia do Trabalho e das Organizações