By Mindy Fried
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As an organizational analyst, I observed the structures that Created, maintained, and reinforced certain norms and values within the corporation, which ultimately affected leave-taking. And finally, as a policy analyst, I considered the broader economic and social policies needed to meet the intended goals of a gender-neutral parental leave policy. This book offers a critical analysis of the role workplace culture plays regarding attitudes toward parental leave and those who use it. Welcome to Premium, Inc.
As a measure of their integrity and humor, employees reacted without malice. Ultimately, upper-level managers realized that they were entirely out of sync with the masses of employees in imposing and detailing a dress code. In the end, at a meeting held for employees of one department, one of the upper-level managers wore a crew-necked shirt that he had proclaimed off-limits, and made jokes about the dress code in an attempt to bring himself back into the fold. Elana joked about how it wasn't worth it for her to observe a "Casual Day," because it would mean buying a whole new wardrobe to meet the Friday dress code.
Workplace culturein all of its complexityframes most of what goes on within the corporation. Whether or not new parents use the parental leave policy depends on a range of critical factors, including their gender as well as their occupational status. I found that neither women nor men at the upper management levels used the leave policy at Premium; and middle-level managers used it sparingly. In fact, it was female nonmanagers who were the largest cohort of leave-takers, and the amount of leave time they used varied.
Taking time: parental leave policy and corporate culture by Mindy Fried