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Publication date: 12 December 2019

Anjni Anand and Veena Vohra

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…

Abstract

Purpose

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.

Design/methodology/approach

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.

Findings

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.

Originality/value

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.

Details

International Journal of Organizational Analysis, vol. 28 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1934-8835

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Article
Publication date: 23 August 2021

The authors felt previous research focused on the mental health impacts of WFC, but did not analyse the constructive role organizations can play. This is what they set out to do.

Abstract

Purpose

The authors felt previous research focused on the mental health impacts of WFC, but did not analyse the constructive role organizations can play. This is what they set out to do.

Design/methodology/approach

The study took place in the service sector. The authors chose a qualitative method and carried out long interviews with 15 employees at the two companies based in New Delhi. The two main questions were: Q1. Please share a situation where you experienced conflict between your work and family roles. What was your experience? Q2. Please share instances of WFC where the organization played a role in helping you resolve the same.

Findings

It revealed a number of key factors, including effective two-way communication between employees and top management, structural support from the organization and restructuring jobs to prevent overload.

Originality/value

The authors felt their study was valuable because most previous research focused on the mental health impacts of WFC, but did not analyse the constructive role organizations can play.

Details

Human Resource Management International Digest , vol. 29 no. 6
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0967-0734

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