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By Ian A. Glendon, Briony M. Thompson, Brett Myors

Advances in Organisational Psychology offers a magnificent array of up to date issues in commercial and organisational psychology from the Asia-Pacific region.

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By reviewing a number of initiatives that have been employed by organisations to address work–family balance problems for workers — including part-time work, shorter shifts, job sharing and other flexible work options, the authors’ review provides practitioners whose work leads them into the work–family balance area with a number of possible options for clients. As the dwindling supply of skilled labour in a number of countries becomes an increasing problem for many organisations, employers will need sound advice on which particular family-friendly policies are most appropriate for their circumstances in respect of recruiting and retaining the skills that they need to maintain levels of effectiveness and competitiveness.

Perhaps their most important feature is that they are often implicit and unspoken. Thus, workers might enter organisations expecting things like respect, support, job security or consideration, believing that the organisation has implicitly promised these things. Organisations might expect their employees to show loyalty, to make sacrifices for the organisation’s interest, to internalise organisational values and believe that 19 Advances in Organisational Psychology employees owe these things to the organisation.

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