The inaugural report of the UA&P Programme for Work and Family Integration, entitled “Flexing the Boundary between Work and Family,” is featured in the latest issue of the MBC Research Report, a publication of the Makati Business Club (MBC).
The research, done by Dr. Maria Victoria Caparas, associate professor of the School of Management, presents the conclusions of the study on family-responsible policies and practices in the Philippines and their outcomes on individuals and organizations. Using the IESE Family Responsible Employer Index (IFREI) crafted by the International Center for Work and the Family of the IESE Business School (Spain), Dr. Caparas gathered responses from 411 individuals, 59% women and 41% men, from different companies in the Philippines.
Results show that 51% of those surveyed find themselves in environments that systematically or occasionally promote work-family balance (18% in enriching environments and 33% in favorable environments). The remaining 49% perceive their environments as occasionally or systematically hindering the integration of work and family, that is, unfavorable (43%) and polluted (6%) environments.
This IFREI study in the Philippines demonstrates that an effective combination of work-family integration policies, supervisor’s support, and a corporate culture favorable to corporate family responsibility leads to a better employee well-being, higher satisfaction with work-family balance, more positive spillover from work to non-work domains, fewer turnover intentions, and greater perception of organizational support.
“The insights incorporated into the report indeed present valid arguments for institutionalizing family-responsible practices and policies in the Philippines, especially in today’s times of rapid economic growth and, consequently, increasing demands on the Filipino workforce,” said Peter Angelo Perfecto, Executive Director of MBC, in his letter to Dr. Caparas.
The Makati Business Club is a private non-stock, non-profit business association composed of the largest and most dynamic corporations in the Philippines represented by its senior executives. Taking pride as a Forum for Constructive Ideas, it aims to foster and promote the role of the business sector in national development efforts. Its present board of trustees include Ramon Del Rosario Jr. of the Philippine Investment Management, Inc., Jaime Augusto Zobel De Ayala of Ayala Corporation, Roberto De Ocampo of Philippine Veterans Bank, and Aurelio Montinola III of the Bank of the Philippine Islands.
The complete report, which includes case studies and other anecdotes on corporate family responsibility initiatives, can be found in http://www.ifrei.asia/publications. For comments, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or visit aviccaparas.com.
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