“Taking care leave: the role of the work organisation”
A substantial number of people combine work and care in the Netherlands. Although most employers are willing to honor care leave requests to which Dutch law entitles employees, workers make only limited use of this possibility. In a Dutch publication titled “Taking care leave: the role of the work organisation”, forthcoming in the Dutch journal Tijdschrift voor Arbeidsvraagstukken [Journal of Labour Issues], Sustainable Workforce team members Zoltán Lippényi and Tanja van der Lippe investigate how organizational and work-related factors influence applying for care leave within organizations. Based on data on more than 3,000 Dutch organisations from the Labour Demand Panel, the authors show that a care-friendly organizational culture and employee representation facilitate care-leave applications. High workload do not pose a barrier to applying for care leave and part-time work opportunities and autonomous jobs substitute the need for care leave. The authors encourage a care-friendly organizational design and the channeling of employee needs through representation as solutions for caretaking employees and their organizations.