Journal of Family and Economic Issues

, Volume 34, Issue 4, pp 460–469 | Cite as

What Helps Working Informal Caregivers? The Role of Workplace Characteristics in Balancing Work and Adult-Care Responsibilities

  • Martin Zuba
  • Ulrike SchneiderEmail author
Original Paper


Population ageing and expected labour shortages mean that successful reconciliation of adult care and paid work is becoming a key issue for employers, employees and frail older people alike. Based on the detailed workplace-related variables in the fourth European Working Condition Survey, we examined differences in levels and determinants of carers’ and non-carers’ role conflict and one of its outcomes, absenteeism. We found caregivers to exhibit higher levels of perceived work–family conflict. Work schedules and time regimes affect carers’ and non-carers’ work–family conflict alike. However, good friends at work and work overload have a larger impact on carers’ work–family conflict. Furthermore, we found indications for a trade-off between perceived work-to-family conflict and absenteeism via workplace policies.


Work–family conflict Elder care Informal care Absenteeism Work-to-family conflict 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Research Institute for Economics of AgingVienna University of Economics and BusinessViennaAustria
  2. 2.Institute for Social PolicyVienna University of Economics and BusinessViennaAustria

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