Title

Family-friendly backlash - fact or fiction?: The case of organizations' on-site child care centers

Department/School

Management

Date of this version

1998

Document Type

Article

Keywords

Child care, family-friendly, backlash, organizational justice

Abstract

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.

Published in

Personnel Psychology

Citation/Other Information

Rothausen, T.J., Gonzalez, J.A., Clarke, N.E., & O'Dell, L.L. (1998). Family-friendly backlash - fact or fiction?: The case of organizations' on-site child care centers. Personnel Psychology, 51, 685-706.

DOI: 10.1111/j.1744-6570.1998.tb00257.x