This initiative, funded through the NICHD Population Dynamics Branch (formerly the Demographic and Behavioral Sciences Branch), supports interdisciplinary research to develop innovative designs for evaluating the effects of workplace policies and practices related to work-family conflict on the health and well-being of workers and their families and on the organization/workplace.
The long-range goals of this project is to identify workplace interventions that can improve health and well-being by improving workers' ability to successfully meet demands of both work and family. This work also aims to develop: a common theoretical model that can guide the design of additional research; and a common return-on-investment model that users can adapt to different workplace settings. These common models enable researchers to better examine and compare employer costs and benefits for the interventions.
The Work, Family & Health Network is the primary component of the initiative and is supported by the NICHD, the National Institute on Aging, and the NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Science Research, and the National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The Administration for Children and Families (DHHS), the William T. Grant Foundation, and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation also contribute to Network research activities.
Examples of potential workplace interventions include changes in workplace structure and culture (e.g., the initiatives pilot studies found that the following items were beneficial to both employees and employers):
Building on these pilot results, researchers studied these topics and issues:
* Funded by NICHD