A study of the extent to which the Higher Education sector has embraced the family friendly concept

Conyers, Jane (2005) A study of the extent to which the Higher Education sector has embraced the family friendly concept. MSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    This research investigated the concept of family friendly from the viewpoint of HR / Personnel practitioners within the Higher Education sector. It investigated the extent of implementation of family friendly policies beyond statutory minimum, reviewed the methods of communicating policies and the processes involved in decision making. The roles of the HR/Personnel practitioner and line manager are explored within the application of policies and the degree to which policies are used as tools for recruitment and retention are determined. A review of the contextual literature was undertaken which explored the broad parameters of the family friendly concept, including the impact of terminology, the published benefits and implications of gender on decision making. The importance of organisational culture and scope for discrimination were also examined. The literature explored the influence of the line manager within the process which in turn revealed a tension with the role of the HR/Personnel provision. A combination of research approaches were adopted owing to the data required, thus both deductive and inductive theories were employed. A sector-wide survey was carried out generating both quantitative and qualitative data within a context of limited existing research relating to family friendly policies and the HE sector. The findings identify that Maternity and Paternity provisions are most likely to be enhanced beyond statutory and take up of policies is affected by enhancement. Communication and decision making processes highlight the roles of HR and line managers and indicate a potential tension. Practitioners acknowledge the published benefits of the family friendly approach but do not actively use the policies for recruitment and they remain cautious of proposed extension to entitlements.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Portsmouth Business School > Organisational Studies and Human Resources Management
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:48
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:14
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/604

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