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Doing more with less: An analysis of work life balance among layoff survivors

Meghna Virick (College of Business, San Jose State University, San Jose, USA)
Juliana D. Lilly (College of Business Administration, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, USA)
Wendy J. Casper (College of Business, University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, USA)

Career Development International

ISSN: 1362-0436

Article publication date: 7 August 2007

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this research is to examine how increased work overload of layoff survivors relates to their work‐life balance and job and life satisfaction.

Design/methodology/approach

Survey methodology was used to collect data from 510 layoff survivors in a high tech company. Regression analyses and structural equation modeling were used to test the hypotheses.

Findings

The study found that layoff survivors experience higher levels of workload which impact overall role overload that negatively affects work‐life balance. Findings suggest that high workloads experienced by layoff survivors contribute to reduced job and life satisfaction through reduced work‐life balance as a mediating mechanism.

Research limitations/implications

The data used in this paper is cross‐sectional and conducted within a single organization. Also, most of the data is obtained from self report survey data and subject to common method bias. As such, longitudinal studies are recommended for future research.

Originality/value

This study makes a contribution by joining two distinct research streams – the job loss literature with research on work‐family issues. Findings suggest that high workloads experienced by layoff survivors contribute to reduced job and life satisfaction with work‐life balance acting as a mediator. Future research should determine whether these findings generalize to diverse layoff survivors in distinct industries, and assess whether these phenomena change over time.

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Citation

Virick, M., Lilly, J.D. and Casper, W.J. (2007), "Doing more with less: An analysis of work life balance among layoff survivors", Career Development International, Vol. 12 No. 5, pp. 463-480. https://doi.org/10.1108/13620430710773772

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Copyright © 2007, Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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