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Publication date: 1 January 2004

Nina D. Cole and Douglas H. Flint

The self‐interest and relational models of organizational justice were tested to explain the relationship between benefit plan type and organizational justice. Benefit

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The self‐interest and relational models of organizational justice were tested to explain the relationship between benefit plan type and organizational justice. Benefit plan types considered were flexible and traditional plans. In support of the self‐interest model employees in flexible benefit plans had significantly higher perceptions of procedural justice than employees in traditional benefit plans. There were no significant differences in perceptions of distributive justice between the plan types.

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Journal of Managerial Psychology, vol. 19 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0268-3946

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Publication date: 6 June 2016

M. Dolores Vidal-Salazar, Eulogio Cordón-Pozo and José M. de la Torre-Ruiz

The purpose of this paper is to analyze three different forms of benefit systems and the effects of their application on Spanish firms’ attraction and retention capacity…

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to analyze three different forms of benefit systems and the effects of their application on Spanish firms’ attraction and retention capacity, differentiating these systems depending on the flexibility offered to the workers.

Design/methodology/approach

The data of this study have been collected from a sample of 308 human resources managers in Spanish firms, through an online questionnaire. The hypotheses were tested by ordinary least squares regression analyses.

Findings

The results show that firms having more flexible compensation systems, that is, those providing greater freedom to workers in the election of their benefits and the design of the benefit system, reported to have a higher attraction and retention capacity than firms offering to their employees a unique and similar benefit package for all the employees.

Research limitations/implications

Future studies could extent this study by analyzing different contexts in order to determine whether some institutional factors can influence these results. Similarly, it would be interesting to analyze the effects of these systems on other organizational outcomes, such as their financial performance.

Practical implications

Human resources policies and, especially, compensation policies have a significant influence on the ability of firms to recruit and retain core employees, necessary for corporate success. This study sheds light on the effectiveness of different benefits systems in enhancing the firms’ capacities to attract and retain core employees. Taking into account the hard financial and labor environment that the Spanish firms have to face, the results of this study can have important implications for managers.

Originality/value

This paper responds to recent calls asking for the necessity of analyzing the effect of different benefit systems in contexts different to the broadly considered American context. Similarly, these results could be applied to other countries with conditions similar to Spain, that is, countries where the benefit systems have been traditionally less flexible and with an offer of benefits quite different than firms located in countries where the State offers a less-social assistance to citizens.

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Employee Relations, vol. 38 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0142-5455

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Article
Publication date: 1 February 1991

Raj Aggarwal, J. Edward and Louise E. Mellen

Justifying new manufacturing technology is usually very difficult since the most important benefits are often strategic and difficult to quantify. Traditional capital…

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Justifying new manufacturing technology is usually very difficult since the most important benefits are often strategic and difficult to quantify. Traditional capital budgeting procedures that rely on return measures based on direct cost savings and incremental future cash flows do not normally capture the strategic benefits of higher quality, faster responses to wider ranges of customer needs, and the options for future growth made available by flexible manufacturing technology. Adding to these limitations is the difficulty of using traditional cost accounting systems to generate the information necessary for justifying new manufacturing investments. This paper reviews these problems and recommends procedures useful for assessing investments in flexible manufacturing technology.

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Managerial Finance, vol. 17 no. 2/3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0307-4358

Article
Publication date: 22 February 2008

Peter Thomson

Flexible working is a key contributor to business success but is often categorised by the human resource (HR) function as a “family friendly” benefit. If it is introduced…

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Purpose

Flexible working is a key contributor to business success but is often categorised by the human resource (HR) function as a “family friendly” benefit. If it is introduced strategically it can make a major contribution to the bottom line and to the credibility of HR. this paper aims to look at flexible working and its business benefits.

Design/methodology/approach

This paper provides an overview of flexible working and its benefits, with the latter demonstrated through business and individual case studies, and puts forward a model for strategic implementation.

Findings

The East Riding of Yorkshire made substantial measurable improvements to the level of service through the introduction of flexible working and turned a department around from failure to award‐winning in a period of two years. Individuals at Vodafone are successfully finding a work/life balance using flexible working options.

Originality/value

A well‐managed project plan is required to ensure successful execution of a pilot and the implementation of new working practices across the organisation. The model for strategic implementation in this paper provides a best practice tool.

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Strategic HR Review, vol. 7 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1475-4398

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Article
Publication date: 1 December 1995

Richard Cardinali

Discusses flexible manufacturing systems (FMS) and measures thebenefits of substituting production flexibility for inventory. Comparesthe trade‐offs that arise in balanced…

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Discusses flexible manufacturing systems (FMS) and measures the benefits of substituting production flexibility for inventory. Compares the trade‐offs that arise in balanced operations, graphical models and some of the associated risks of flexible manufacturing implementation, operation and management. Also addresses the question of selecting flexibility over other techniques as well as benefits which flexibility provides. Examines a brief comparison between traditional and flexible manufacturing. Examples include illustrations of the benefits of FMS and cost flexibility, plus a view of the future role of FMS.

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Logistics Information Management, vol. 8 no. 6
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0957-6053

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Article
Publication date: 9 January 2007

Gill Maxwell, Laura Rankine, Sheena Bell and Anna MacVicar

The aim of this article is to investigate the incidence and impact of FWAs in smaller businesses in Scotland, as an integral part of a recent European Social Fund project…

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Purpose

The aim of this article is to investigate the incidence and impact of FWAs in smaller businesses in Scotland, as an integral part of a recent European Social Fund project. From theoretical perspectives it discusses the influences on, and impacts of, flexible working arrangements. The focus is then placed on the smaller business sector as regards its distinctive features and flexible working arrangements.

Design/methodology/approach

The papers presents the findings from empirical work comprising a large‐scale survey of, and series of interviews with, owner‐managers of smaller businesses in Scotland.

Findings

Part‐time work, time off in lieu, staggered working hours and shift swapping are the main types of flexible work in smaller businesses. In many incidences flexible working arrangements are requested by employees, operated informally, and centred on the business needs. There is significant scope for greater uptake of flexible working arrangements in smaller businesses, especially in services sector businesses. Positive impacts of flexible work arrangements in recruitment and retention, enhanced employee relations, commitment and loyalty are found, together with disadvantages of operational problems and administrative burdens. It is proposed that the gap between the potential for, and current practice in, flexible working arrangements may be narrowed by targeting information and guidance on such arrangements specifically to the owner‐managers of smaller businesses.

Originality/value

The literature on flexible working mainly concentrates on large organisations. With the growing economic importance and distinguishing features of the smaller business sector in the UK, there is a need to focus as much on this sector as large organisations.

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Employee Relations, vol. 29 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0142-5455

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Publication date: 20 June 2008

This paper aims to review the latest management development across the globe and pinpoint practical implications from cutting‐edge research and case studies.

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Purpose

This paper aims to review the latest management development across the globe and pinpoint practical implications from cutting‐edge research and case studies.

Design/methodology/approach

This briefing is prepared by an independent writer who adds their own impartial comments and places the articles in context.

Findings

The paper finds that not only can the strategic introduction of flexible working in the organization lead to improved business performance, but it can also empower the HR function. As new flexible working patterns and contractual arrangements are emerging, evidence shows that benefits include increased productivity, lower employee turnover and lower absenteeism. The case of a UK public sector unit illustrates the benefits of an efficient flexible working plan. The key stages of planning and implementation are also listed.

Practical implications

The paper provides strategic insights and practical thinking that have influenced some of the world's leading organizations.

Originality/value

The briefing saves busy executives and researchers hours of reading time by selecting only the very best, most pertinent information and presenting it in a condensed and easy‐to‐digest format.

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Strategic Direction, vol. 24 no. 8
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0258-0543

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Publication date: 1 July 2001

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Industrial and Commercial Training, vol. 33 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0019-7858

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Article
Publication date: 5 June 2019

Merlin Mythili Shanmugam and Bhawna Agarwal

This study aims to explore the leaky pipeline issue (attrition of working women due to motherhood) in the Indian information technology (IT) sector. The study analyses the…

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Purpose

This study aims to explore the leaky pipeline issue (attrition of working women due to motherhood) in the Indian information technology (IT) sector. The study analyses the effect of organisational and supervisory support perceptions on the use of flexible work options and its relationship with career outcomes in terms of job satisfaction, work-life conflict and turnover intentions.

Design/methodology/approach

A survey questionnaire to test the hypotheses was returned by 203 working women of the Indian IT sector belonging to three categories, namely, women undergoing treatment for infertility, pregnant women and women who had recently given birth at the time of the survey.

Findings

The findings state that the use of flexible work options significantly reduce work-life conflict, decrease the intention to turnover and increase job satisfaction, with organisational and supervisory perceptions playing a significant moderating role.

Research limitations/implications

The findings are based on self-reported responses. Nevertheless, the study provides insights into the work-life priorities of Indian women at the time of motherhood and opens up specific research opportunities to address the leaky pipeline due to pregnancy and childbirth.

Practical implications

Organisations should take genuine initiatives to effectively use the flexible work options and provide supervisory training for increased sensitivity to help reduce role conflict and let working women make informed choices in their careers and lives at the time of childbirth.

Originality/value

The paper could be the first known paper to study this special category of working women at the threshold of motherhood in the Indian IT sector.

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Gender in Management: An International Journal, vol. 34 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1754-2413

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Publication date: 1 December 1995

Jon‐Chao Hong, Sung‐De Yang, Li‐Jung Wang, En‐Fu Chiou, Fan‐Yin Su and sui‐Lan Huang

Everyone works in expectation of some rewards, and welfare is oneof them. In order to understand the impact of employee benefits onemployees′ work‐motivation and…

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Everyone works in expectation of some rewards, and welfare is one of them. In order to understand the impact of employee benefits on employees′ work‐motivation and productivity, questionnaires were sent to corporations which had undertaken employee benefit programmes. Some of the significant results of this study are: employee benefit programmes have greater impact on work‐motivation than on productivity; monetary benefit programmes are most highly valued by both executives and workers; there is a cognitive gap between management and worker on the importance of employee benefit programmes; different genders have different benefit demands; unmarried employees, more than married employees, perceive that employee benefits have a greater impact on job performance. Employees with different education levels and positions perceive different employee benefit impacts; and employee benefit programmes have greater influence on younger employees′ job performance.

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International Journal of Career Management, vol. 7 no. 6
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0955-6214

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