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This research examines the effect of work-family programs in organizations on the quality of women’s work participation. The authors find that workers whose non-work networks are less likely to activate supportive resources will benefit more from organizational work-family programs. Drawing on novel data from an Indian garment factory and a quasi-experimental research design, the authors examine how a work-family program, employer-sponsored childcare, affects the daily work attendance of a socio-demographically homogenous group of working mothers. They find that women whose non-work networks are less likely to activate informal childcare support—specifically, women with daughters—benefit more from employer-sponsored childcare.
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Aruna Ranganathan is associate professor of management and organizations at the Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley. Her research combines multiple methods to study how individuals identify with their work and make workplace decisions, and how organizations affect workplace and social inequality.