Quality-of-Work and Quality-of-Life Issues
Changes in family structures and employee priorities have encouraged the evolution of a variety of employer-provided benefits. Employers wishing to compete for highly skilled employees believe that considering issues of quality of work and quality of life can give them a competitive edge.
As early as the l970s, private sector organizations recognized that different family structures necessitate different employee benefits (Johnson, 1988; Wallace & Fay, 1988). Conventional employee benefits plans were designed to serve the needs of the family structure that was dominant during the l940s and l950s: a working father and his dependents (namely, a wife who stayed at home with small children). ...