According to the latest survey results from the 2016 Monitor of Corporate Family Friendliness, companies and employees are equally convinced that digitalization has the potential to improve the reconciliation of work and family life. Almost half of all extensively digitalized enterprises, those qualifying for what is coming to be known as Industry 4.0, have a distinctively family-friendly corporate culture. This compares with fewer than three out of ten of the less-digitalized companies of ‘Industry 3.0’. Fully digitalized firms are particularly characterised by their flexible workplaces and individual working time arrangements. Often the two go hand in hand. Over forty percent of employees who sometimes or frequently work mobilely confirm that their employer cultivates a distinctively family-friendly corporate culture, while the figure for those who never work mobilely is only a quarter. More exact analyses suggest that the probability of employees’ being content with the family friendliness of their employer’s personnel policy rises when they occasionally have the option to work outside their regular place of work. While frequent mobile working does not automatically lead to greater satisfaction, nor does it lead to greater discontent. More mobile working is by no means detrimental to the reconciliation of work and family life.
This study presents a retrospective and an outlook on the spread and structure of the spatial and temporal flexibilization of work in Germany, Europe and the U.S.
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