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A comparative study of family-friendly policies and benefits in public organizations : South Korea and the United States

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  • A comparative study of family-friendly policies and benefits in public organizations
  • Kim, Soonhee
  • Seoul National University(Graduate School of Public Administration)


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Title A comparative study of family-friendly policies and benefits in public organizations
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South Korea and the United States

Material Type Articles
Author(English)

Kim, Soonhee

Publisher

[Seoul]:Seoul National University(Graduate School of Public Administration)

Date 2007
Journal Title; Vol./Issue Korean Journal of Policy Studies:vol. 21(no. 2)
Subject Country United States(Americas)
South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
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Original Format pdf
Subject Social Development < Social Welfare
Holding Seoul National University

Abstract

This paper anlyzes the family-friendly policies and benefits currently offered by public organizations in South Korea and the United States. This study found that leaves of absence are the first types of family-friendly policy that reflect an acknowledgement on the part of government agencies in South Korea and the United States aht both men and women must face work/family conflicts in their lives. The South Korean government provides more generous leave policies than those of the American public sector. Hoewver, several family-friendly benefits provided by federal agencies in the United States, including flexible workplace and telecommuting programs, job sharing, and dependent care counseling and referral services were rarely offered by the South Korean government. Finally, the paper discussed policy implications and emphasizes managerial leadership affecting the implementation process behind these policies in public agencies.