Purpose – This paper aims to examine the relationship between welfare state configurations, family status, family responsibilities, job attribute preferences, employment, and weekly paid work hours. Design/methodology/approach – International data for women and men were analyzed separately using regressions to determine if different welfare state configurations and individual family status and responsibilities predicted job attribute preferences. Additional regressions examined the effects of welfare state configurations, family status, family responsibilities, and job attribute preferences on women's and men's employment and weekly paid work hours. Findings – In many cases, the variables were significant predictors of women's and men's job attribute preferences, employment and paid work hours. Practical implications – While the attributes that people seek from their employment vary from individual to individual, it is also important to recognize that there are cultural patterns that can inform motivational efforts. Originality/value – This multinational study is the first to examine the relationship between family status, conducting housework, providing family income, and job attribute preferences while considering labor market opportunities for women and societal support for the family. In addition, it examines the effects of these variables on employment and weekly paid work hours.
Cross Cultural Management: An International Journal – Emerald Publishing
Published: May 2, 2008
Keywords: Cross‐cultural studies; Welfare; Family; Employment