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Is using work-life interface benefits a career-limiting move? An examination of women, men, lone parents, and parents with partners

TitleIs using work-life interface benefits a career-limiting move? An examination of women, men, lone parents, and parents with partners
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsKonrad, A. M., and Yang Y.
JournalJournal of Organizational Behavior
Volume33
Pages1095 - 1119
Keywordscareer advancement, careers, gender, lone parenthood, promotion, work-life flexibility benefits, work-life interface
Abstract

Using a large national sample based on Workplace and Employee Survey data collected by Statistics Canada in 2001 and 2002, we examined the effects of employee usage of seven organizational work-life interface benefits on promotions. Analysis predicted promotions in 2002 when number of promotions received by 2001 were controlled. The main effect of using work-life interface benefits on promotions was positive, indicating that using these benefits is not a career-limiting move. Gender, presence of young children, and marital status interacted with the use of work-life interface benefits. Single parents benefitted less than other employees from using work-life interface options. Altogether, these findings suggest that the ongoing positive effects of conservation of time and energy resources for employees outweigh the initial short-term negative effects of signaling and stigmatization

URLhttp://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/job.1782/abstract
Document URLhttp://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/job.1782/pdf