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Parental leave: from perception to first-hand experience

Parental leave: from perception to first-hand experience,10.1108/01443331011072280,International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy,Diane-Gabriell

Parental leave: from perception to first-hand experience   (Citations: 1)
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Purpose – Paid parental leave for both mothers and fathers has fed countless debates. Four years after the implementation of a new parental leave policy in Quebec, this paper aims to assess how parental leave is perceived in the workplace. Design/methodology/approach – Using data from employee surveys carried out in a municipal police service, the paper employs analysis of variance techniques to compare the perception of parental leave within two groups of respondents: those who had gone on parental leave and those who had not. Findings – The findings highlight significant differences between the perceptions of parental leave entertained by the respondents who have taken it up and those who have not yet experienced parental leave. Social implications – Analysing these differences has produced extremely interesting findings: adopting a public policy is not sufficient; organisations need to make employees feel supported in taking parental leave if they really want the policy to achieve the targeted results. Originality/value – Paid parental leave is relatively new in Europe and almost non-existent in North America and few studies have been carried out to measure their perception in the workplace. This research shows how important it is to follow the use of the policy to make sure that it does not have negative impacts for those who use it.
Journal: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy , vol. 30, no. 9/10, pp. 532-544, 2010
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    • ...Centre ville, Montréal, QC H3C 3J7, Canada other family leaves are considered an employee right, the application of these leave policies within various work environments, as shown by earlier research (Blair-Loy and Wharton 2004; Budd and Mumford 2006; Tremblay and Genin 2010), is not always straight forward...
    • ...Although parental leave is a public policy in Quebec, the use of this measure varies from one organization to the next and depends on the perceptions of the employees and the anticipated consequences on their career (Tremblay and Genin 2010; Whitehouse et al. 2007)...
    • ...As was found in previous research (Haas et al. 2002; Lewis 2001; Tremblay and Genin 2010), our respondents were also very aware of the value of informal support...

    Diane-Gabrielle Tremblayet al. Parental Leave: An Important Employee Right, But an Organizational Cha...

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