“Reasons to reduce: A vignette-experiment examining men and women's considerations to scale back following childbirth"
The reduction of working hours can help avoid work–family conflict, yet many people who would like to scale back do not actually do so. In this vignette-experiment Leonie van Breeschoten, Anne Roeters and Tanja van der Lippe examine which considerations are most important in men and women’s decision-making whether to scale back following childbirth. About 2,464 vignettes were conducted in the Netherlands, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. Results indicate that men find the income of their partner and career consequences most important, while women focus mainly on partner income and collegial support. Swedes, however, differ from their Dutch and British counterparts, and express more counter-gender-normative behavior.The article is published in Social Politics, and can be found here.
“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.
"Understanding old-age adaptation policies in Europe: the influence of profit, principles and pressures"
In December 2017, this article has been published in Ageing and Society by Jelle Lössbroek, Bram Lancee, Tanja van der Lippe and Joop Schippers. They study which organisations implement which personnel policies for older (50+) employees in seven European countries. Two strategies underlie these policies: phasing out (for example, a reduced workload or extra leave) and activating (for example, training plans or internal job mobility). Stronger external pressures (such as unions) make both types of policies more likely. Old-age-positive age norms among managers support activating policies, but negative age norms do not influence phasing out policies. Concerning the profitability, particularly the feasibility of policies is important for both strategies.
The entire article can be read here.