Family-friendly backlash - fact or fiction?: The case of organizations' on-site child care centers
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Child care, family-friendly, backlash, organizational justice
Employer offerings of on-site child care benefits have grown tremendously in the past few decades; both beneficial and detrimental effects on worker attitudes and behaviors have been noted. Some research suggests that offering on-site child care benefits can cause resentment among childless workers and/or workers with children who do not use the center. In a field sample of 271 employees, current and past use of the on-site child care center, as well as anticipated future use of the on-site child care center, were related to more positive proximal reactions such as attitudes closely related to the on-site child care center, but not to more general attitudes or behaviors. Results indicate that any “family-friendly backlash” may be limited to proximal reactions. These findings are discussed in light of organizational justice theories.