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The Standards of Excellence in Work-Life Integration: From Changing Policies to Changing Organizations

Over the past 20 years, work/life issues have become an increasingly pervasive concern for employers and employees. As changes have continued in the composition of working families and as women have found their pi ace in traditionally male-dominated occupations, employers have developed innovative practices that allow employees to find greater balance between their work and horne lives (Friedman, Christen sen, & DeGroot, 1998). Most often these practices are changes in human resource policies, such as:

• Extension of employee services: The addition of services such as onsite child care, employee health and fitness centers, and concierge services have provided greater convenience for employees and alleviated the need for employees to create their own solutions to some work/Iife challenges.