Work-family attitudes and behaviours among newly immigrant Pakistani expatriates: the role of organizational family-friendly policies

Khokher, Sameera Y. and Beauregard, T. Alexandra (2014) Work-family attitudes and behaviours among newly immigrant Pakistani expatriates: the role of organizational family-friendly policies. Community, Work & Family, 17 (2). pp. 142-162. ISSN 1366-8803 (doi:10.1080/13668803.2013.847060)

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Abstract

The work-life interface literature is often criticized for its limited sample base, with the majority of research focusing on the experiences of white women living in nuclear family households in Western societies. This paper aims to address some of these criticisms by using a qualitative methodology to explore the impact of organizational family-friendly policies on the work-family attitudes and behaviours of 26 newly expatriate Pakistani employees in the United Kingdom. Individual, family, and religious/cultural influences on these outcomes were also explored. Findings indicate that study participants undergo a shift of priorities that result from expatriation and the consequent attenuation of extended family and societal pressures to have children immediately after marriage; participants are delaying childbirth in order to gain educational qualifications and establish careers in a foreign country. A strong preference for familial childcare suggests that family-friendly policies such as part-time or flexible hours have the potential to significantly affect employment outcomes for Pakistani expatriate women, who, in the absence of extended family to provide care for children, might not otherwise return to work following childbirth. Other potential organizational interventions are also discussed.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Published online: 10 Oct 2013
Keywords (uncontrolled): family-friendly policies, immigrant women, motherhood, diversity, religion, Pakistan
Research Areas: A. > Business School > Leadership, Work and Organisations
Item ID: 19111
Notes on copyright: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Community, Work & Family on 10/10/2013, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/13668803.2013.847060
Depositing User: Alexandra Beauregard
Date Deposited: 06 Apr 2016 11:49
Last Modified: 25 Jul 2019 17:00
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/19111

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