Balancing work and family: a field study of multi-dimensional, multi-role work-family conflict
Article first published online: 21 FEB 2007
Copyright © 2007 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Journal of Organizational Behavior
Volume 28, Issue 6, pages 705–727, August 2007
How to Cite
Premeaux, S. F., Adkins, C. L. and Mossholder, K. W. (2007), Balancing work and family: a field study of multi-dimensional, multi-role work-family conflict. J. Organiz. Behav., 28: 705–727. doi: 10.1002/job.439
- Issue published online: 26 JUL 2007
- Article first published online: 21 FEB 2007
- Manuscript Accepted: 7 NOV 2006
- Manuscript Revised: 31 JUL 2006
- Manuscript Received: 17 JUN 2005
Little is known about the effectiveness of family-friendly policies (FFPs) in reducing interrole conflicts involving work and family. The present study examined the influence of FFPs, work-family culture, and family characteristics on salient job outcomes, and multiple dimensions of work-family conflict (WFC) and family-work conflict (FWC). Results from a survey of 564 workers, indicate that FFPs exert minimal effects on felt conflict, and that a positive work-family culture and family support may be more instrumental in helping employees balance work and home roles. Findings also suggest that sources of conflict varied among workers, as did the mechanisms used to address WFC and FWC. This study underscores the importance of examining WFC as a multi-dimensional phenomenon affecting employees in a variety of family structures, as well as considering the impact of FFPs in conjunction with work-family culture. Copyright © 2007 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.