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Navigating the Return-to-Work Experience for New Parents

Maintaining Work-Family Well-Being

Maria Karanika-Murray (Nottingham Trent University, UK) Cary Cooper



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03 March 2020
Parenthood can be one of the most fulfilling, altering, and challenging life events. This book is set within the background of the reality of many parents' return-to-work experience, the task of re-engaging with work and maintaining a job or a career, and the difficulties that parenthood poses for balancing the demands of a new family with the demands of work. It helps us understand this reality, give voice to new parents, and offer relief in the knowledge that we know a lot about these challenges and, most importantly, how we can start to address them.

The book brings together a number of internationally recognized experts from research, practice, and policy to explore the issues and offer evidence-based solutions around return-to-work after having children. It takes a balanced approach to theory and practice to cover topics such as equality, stereotypes, work-family conflict, training and development, and workplace culture, among others, whilst integrating research and policy, and illustrating learnings with case studies from parents and examples from countries that lead the way.

It will appeal to parents, researchers, and employers in any sector or economy across the world. Ultimately, it will help develop ways for new parents to re-engage with work successfully while maintaining their work-family well-being.
Edited by:   Maria Karanika-Murray (Nottingham Trent University UK), Cary Cooper
Imprint:   Routledge
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 156mm, 
Weight:   386g
ISBN:   9780367222994
ISBN 10:   036722299X
Pages:   160
Publication Date:   03 March 2020
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Primary
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
List of Contributors Foreword Ann Francke, Chartered Management Institute, London Foreword Laura Addati, International Labour Organization, Geneva Chapter 1. Introduction-Understanding the return-to-work experience for parents: what is and what could be Maria Karanika-Murray & Cary Cooper Chapter 2. New Parents Navigating the Workplace: Pregnancy, Stereotype Threat, and Work-Family Conflict Lindsey M. Lavaysse, Erica L. Bettac, & Tahira M. Probst Chapter 3. Building the support network of new parents at work and outside Helen Pluut & Sara De Hauw Chapter 4. Practical strategies for work-family resources management in the return-to-work experiences of new parents Angela Martin, Sarah Dawkins, Vanessa Miles, Sarah Cotton & Justine Alter Chapter 5. Return to work for fathers: A group with specific needs? Marc Grau-Grau Chapter 6. Fathers and leave for parenting: how can we increase uptake? Adrienne Burgess & Jeremy Davies Chapter 7. Work-family integration and gender equality: How Nordic countries lead the way Gayle Kaufman Chapter 8. Career Progression: Left out of the Game? Nina M. Junker, Alina S. Hernandez Bark & Jamie L. Gloor Chapter 9. Career development after parenthood: choices, challenges and opportunities Julia Yates Chapter 10. Training and development for employees returning to work after parental leave Joanna Yarker, Hans-Joachim Wolfram & Nina Mareen Junker Chapter 11. Childcare options in France: Beyond the hypothetic free choices Danielle Boyer & Claude Martin Chapter 12. What can employers do? Creating an inclusive workplace that fosters work-family wellbeing Hans van Dijk & Loes Meeussen Chapter 13. Going beyond policies to ease parents back into work and rebalance roles: The importance of individualized-deals Ines Martinez-Corts & J. Pablo Moreno-Beltran Chapter 14. What we have leanred and what we can do to support parents' return-to-work Cary Cooper & Maria Karanika-Murray Index

Maria Karanika-Murray is an Associate Professor in Occupational Health Psychology at the Department of Psychology, Nottingham Trent University. In her work she brings together different methodologies, disciplines, and stakeholders with the aim to understand the context and develop ways to support work-related health and well-being.at the Department of Psychology, Nottingham Trent University. Her work brings together different methodologies, disciplines, and stakeholders, with the aim to understand the context and develop ways to support work-related health and well-being. Sir Cary Cooper, CBE, is the 50th Anniversary Professor of Organizational Psychology and Health at ALLIANCE Manchester Business School of the University of Manchester, President of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (HR professional body), Immediate Past President of the British Academy of Management, and President of the Institute of Welfare.

Reviews for Navigating the Return-to-Work Experience for New Parents: Maintaining Work-Family Well-Being

What a fascinating book! As both a researcher and campaigner in this area, I welcome the way that the authors have pulled together a terrific mix of contributors from research, practice and policy, to tackle the issues faced by both mothers and fathers in returning to work after childbirth. We have so much to learn from the countries represented here. - Sue Vinnicombe, CBE, Professor of Women and Leadership, Cranfield University, UK

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