Organizational Messages about Work and Life
Organizations wield great power over the structure of contemporary life. This research investigates the construction of work/life issues on websites of companies on Fortune's 2004 list of “100 Best Companies to Work for." Using cluster analysis, the authors identify the organizations' ideology of work/life issues: 1) “balance” is the goal, and it is to be achieved primarily through individual rather than organizational efforts; 2) work and life are to be treated as separate domains; 3) “life” usually means “family;” 4) work/life programs are “benefits” rather than “rights;” and 5) work/life programs exist for the economic benefit of the organization. The implications of this ideology and directions for future research are explored.
Research Enhancement Program Final Report
Work, Life, Websites, 100 Best Companies
Hoffman, M. (2004). <i>Organizational messages about work and life</i>. Research Enhancement Program, Texas State University, San Marcos, TX.