Integration or collision? : middle managers' concerns for work-life balance
Parris, Melissa Anne, Vickers, Margaret H. and Wilkes, Lesley 2006, Integration or collision? : middle managers' concerns for work-life balance, in AEPP 2006 : Balancing organizational competitiveness, ethics, social responsibility and employee rights in the global economy : Proceedings of the 14th Annual International Conference, Manhattan College, New York, N.Y., pp. 115-120.
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As increased work demands and longer working hours become the reality for many employees, the concept of work-life balance has received increasing attention. This paper presents findings from an exploratory study of Australian middle managers, which investigated the impact of middle managers’ daily organisational experiences on their lives both in and beyond the workplace. We focus on respondents’ concerns for the encroachment of work on their personal lives, both through the advent of new technologies and the introduction of flexibility initiatives in the workplace. The unwelcome effects of frustration, stress and fatigue highlight the need for organisations to gain a better understanding of employees’ experiences related to work-life balance.
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