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South Korea – The benefit for employers of family-friendly workplace policies is unclear research finds

It’s no secret that a happy worker is a productive worker and a new analysis by scholars at The University of Texas at Dallas finds that family-friendly policies are beneficial for increasing productivity of employees. Yet the benefit for Flexemployers is unclear, since that may be offset by the same turnover rates.

Family-friendly policies are a big concern in science academia. Though free from the ‘corporate’ environment, most academic labs are a small business – they have a grant recipient who pays a small team. In a small business, every person is important so when it comes to family planning, no time is a good time. As the only gender that can have babies, that impacts women the most. For that reason, many have advocated being more like corporate science, with family-friendly workplace policies, and a paper in Public Personnel Management adds weight to the argument, using the Korea Workplace Panel Survey data from 2005 to 2009, consisting of 158 public organizations in South Korea.

South Korea has experienced a significant increase in female employees over the past 50 years. These workers, however, have remained economically inactive as a result of a male-centered workplace, cultural barriers, societal pressures and gender inequality, according to the report. Many women quit their jobs to focus on child care.

Chosen excerpts by Job Market Monitor. Read the whole story at Family-Friendly Workplace Policies Make People Happy, But Don’t Affect Turnover Rates.

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