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Making the Link between Work-Life Balance Policies and Organizational Commitment: Consideration of Sectoral Differences

  • Korean Society and Public Administration
  • Abbr : KSPA
  • 2019, 30(1), pp.119-144
  • Publisher : Seoul Association For Public Administration
  • Research Area : Social Science > Public Administration
  • Received : April 1, 2019
  • Accepted : May 9, 2019

Kim, Taehee 1 Minji Oh 2

1서울과학기술대학교
2서울대학교

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ABSTRACT

With increasing participation of women in the workforce, there is a need to address work-life balance among employees, especially women who have been considered as primary care-givers so that chances of recruiting and retaining those within the organization can be maximized. Effective adoption and implementation of work-life balance policies may be one way to reach this objective. Thus, this study aims to empirically examine the role of work-life balance policies in promoting organizational commitment among female managers using survey responses from the Korean Women Managers Panel Survey. This study also examines whether or not there are sectoral differences (public vs private) in the linkage between the two. Findings show some significant effects on organizational commitment for private sector employees associated with having implemented certain work-life balance policies. That is, private sector respondents appear to value the availability of work-life balance policies more than their public counterparts even though its availability does not guarantee its use. Overall, we stipulate that there is a need to consider organizational culture and working condition conducive to the implementation of work-life balance policies when addressing the effectiveness of those policies. Implications of the study and directions for future research are discussed.

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