This paper aims to explore generational effects on work‐family conflict and synergy
The design is cross‐sectional and investigates large US national probability samples. Multiple regressions and ANOVAs were used in the analyses.
Generational differences in work‐family conflict and synergy were found. Mental health and job pressure were the strongest predictors of work‐family conflict for each group. Matures were significantly more satisfied than baby boomers and generation Xers.
All measures were self‐reports collected at one point in time. Thus, common method variance may be an issue and causal inferences cannot be made. Life stage and family stage differed for the generational groups and this should be explored in subsequent research.
Managers and human resource professionals need to consider generational differences in work‐family program design and monitor patterns of program usage for each group. Generation X members are particularly concerned about work/life balance.
This is the first paper to investigate generational issues affecting work‐family conflict and synergy. The findings are particularly relevant to managers and human resource professionals.
Beutell, N.J. and Wittig‐Berman, U. (2008), "Work‐family conflict and work‐family synergy for generation X, baby boomers, and matures: Generational differences, predictors, and satisfaction outcomes", Journal of Managerial Psychology, Vol. 23 No. 5, pp. 507-523. https://doi.org/10.1108/02683940810884513
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