Caught in the middle : organizational impediments to middle managers' work-life balance

Parris, Melissa A., Vickers, Margaret H. and Wilkes, Lesley 2008, Caught in the middle : organizational impediments to middle managers' work-life balance, Employee responsibilities and rights journal, vol. 20, no. 2, pp. 101-117, doi: 10.1007/s10672-008-9069-z.

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Title Caught in the middle : organizational impediments to middle managers' work-life balance
Author(s) Parris, Melissa A.ORCID iD for Parris, Melissa A.
Vickers, Margaret H.
Wilkes, Lesley
Journal name Employee responsibilities and rights journal
Volume number 20
Issue number 2
Start page 101
End page 117
Total pages 17
Publisher Springer New York LLC
Place of publication New York, N.Y.
Publication date 2008
ISSN 0892-7545
Keyword(s) flexibility
middle managers
work-life balance
workplace experiences
Summary 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 organizational experiences on their lives both in and beyond the workplace. We focus on respondents’ reports of the difficulty in achieving work-life balance, specifically, the organizational impediments to creating balance. Three particular areas where these impediments were apparent are: the impact of new technologies; limits to autonomy and control in the middle management role; and difficulties in taking advantage of flexibility initiatives in the workplace. As middle managers are caught in the middle between work and personal life, there is a need for organizations to support middle managers’ efforts to achieve work-life balance if the organization’s long-term goals are to be achieved.
Language eng
DOI 10.1007/s10672-008-9069-z
Field of Research 150305 Human Resources Management
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2008, Springer Science + Business Media
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