Journal of Family and Economic Issues

, Volume 22, Issue 2, pp 141–170

The Relationship Between Work-Life Policies and Practices and Employee Loyalty:A Life Course Perspective

  • Patricia V. Roehling
  • Mark V. Roehling
  • Phyllis Moen

DOI: 10.1023/A:1016630229628

Cite this article as:
Roehling, P.V., Roehling, M.V. & Moen, P. Journal of Family and Economic Issues (2001) 22: 141. doi:10.1023/A:1016630229628


Using a representative sample of 3,381 American workers, this study investigates relationships among work/life policies, informal support, and employee loyalty over the life course (defined by age and parental status and age of youngest child). The central thesis is that our understanding of the impact of work/life policies on employee loyalty will be enriched by consideration of the non-work and work contexts that influence employee attitudes and behavior. The relationship between employee child care policies and loyalty varies for women and men at different stages of parenthood. Flexible-time policies have a consistent, positive association with employee loyalty with some variation based on life stage. Informal support (via supervisors and co-workers) has the greatest positive relationship with employee loyalty.

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© Human Sciences Press, Inc. 2001

Authors and Affiliations

  • Patricia V. Roehling
    • 1
    • 2
  • Mark V. Roehling
    • 3
  • Phyllis Moen
    • 4
  1. 1.Psychology DepartmentHope CollegeHolland
  2. 2.Cornell Employment and Family Careers InstituteCornell UniversityUSA
  3. 3.Michigan State School of Industrial and Labor RelationsMichigan State UniversityEast Lansing
  4. 4.Cornell UniversityIthaca