febrero, 07, '14
As of this year, 2014, the number of persons over 60 will increase in Europe twice what did
until 2007. As indicated in the Community strategy, the combination of a smaller workforce a and a greater proportion of retirees will result in more tensions of our well-being.
The solution to these challenges is to recognize and strengthen the role of families in social development, and promote the implementation of policies, strategies and effective programs at the Community level.
IESE Business School is a pioneer in matters of work and family reconciliation. In order to study these issues, it founded in 1999 the International Center for Work and Family (ICWF), directed by Dr. Nuria Chinchilla. Its purpose is to promote, in the business environment, the type of leadership, culture and reconciliation policies that facilitate the integration of the employees’ professional, family and personal life.
To this end, the ICWF has developed the IFREI, an instrument that measures the degree of Corporate Family Responsibility and their impact on outcomes, individuals, families, and the whole of society.
So far, 16,000 people from 21 countries on five continents, representing a universe of more than 100,000 people have participated. Research data indicate that only 46% of the population surveyed works in environments that favor the integration of work, family and personal life.
The results of the world IFREI confirm that people who work in companies with CFR:
Despite these and many other benefits, data shows that 70% of employees are afraid to ask for flexibility or request any measure that is out of standard. A problem that lies in the culture, values and management styles.
To achieve a sustainable future, a common Community policy needs to be promoted in all member States, one that enhances a culture focused on values of Flexibility, Femininity and the Family.
Europe needs to find its direction again regarding the family to build a peoplecentered society. Without the time, energy or adequate compensation, in addition to lower productivity, it is difficult to have children, educate them and care for them; care for the elderly; get training and participate as active citizens in improving society.
CFR helps create economic, social and ethical value, and makes possible a more fair, productive and sustainable society in which women and men can enjoy the same rights and opportunities.
• ICWF-IESE: http://www.iese. edu/es/claustro-investigacion/centros-investigacion/icwf/
• IFREI: http://ifrei.iese.edu/
• Work-Family Foundation Canada: http://workfamilyfoundation.org/
Prof. Mireia Las Heras
This article has been published in The Parliament Magazine, issue 382, pages 46-47.