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Alleviating employee work-family conflict: role of organizations

Anjni Anand (University of Delhi, New Delhi, India)
Veena Vohra (NMIMS, Mumbai, India)

International Journal of Organizational Analysis

ISSN: 1934-8835

Article publication date: 12 December 2019

Issue publication date: 2 March 2020




The study aims at exploring the constructive role that organizations can play in enabling their employees move from work-family conflict (WFC) to a more integrated work–life solution.


Being socially and culturally contextual by nature, a qualitative methodology that involved in-depth interviews with the respondents was chosen for the study. This facilitated the respondents to discuss in detail their WFC experiences and the expectations that they hold from their organizations.


The findings of the study suggested the importance of effective two-way communication between employees and top management, structural and cultural support from the organization and the importance of redesigning and restructuring jobs in an attempt to reduce work-role overload.

Practical implications

Organizations can foster initiatives that can lead to a healthier work–life balance of the employees, which can further result in a more creative, committed, satisfied and diverse workforce for them.

Social implications

A better work environment that facilitates smoother balance between work and non-work responsibilities can lead to better physical and psychological health of the employees and reduced instances of discord in work and family domains.


Most studies on WFC have focused on the adverse impact of WFC; the present study adopts a solution-oriented approach to finding ways in which resourceful entities such as big organizations can take steps in alleviating WFC experiences of their employees.



Anand, A. and Vohra, V. (2020), "Alleviating employee work-family conflict: role of organizations", International Journal of Organizational Analysis, Vol. 28 No. 2, pp. 313-332.



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