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29-5-17 | Keynote speech at ‘International Community, Work and Family Conference’ in Milan


In this day and age, high levels of flexibility and insecurity are driving the need to understand how all workers can be happy and productive, especially those with a low socio-economic status (SES). Do low SES workers worry about their work-life balance or about economic security? Tanja van der Lippe argue that work-family research needs to focus more on low SES employees. To what extent are organizational policies related to work-life balance, flexibility, training and health as available to low SES workers as they are to high SES workers? Are low SES workers able to make use of these policies, can they benefit from them, and does this contribute to better performance at the employee and organizational level, leading to a sustainable workforce for all? Advocating a multi-level perspective, Tanja van der Lippe drew on new and unique data from the Sustainable Workforce ERC Project, in which she and her colleagues studied 11,011 employees, nested in 869 teams at 259 organizations in 9 European countries.