Friendships under strain : the work-personal life integration of middle managers

Parris, Melissa A., Vickers, Margaret H. and Wilkes, Lesley 2008, Friendships under strain : the work-personal life integration of middle managers, Community, work and family, vol. 11, no. 4, pp. 405-418, doi: 10.1080/13668800802361831.

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Title Friendships under strain : the work-personal life integration of middle managers
Author(s) Parris, Melissa A.ORCID iD for Parris, Melissa A.
Vickers, Margaret H.
Wilkes, Lesley
Journal name Community, work and family
Volume number 11
Issue number 4
Start page 405
End page 418
Total pages 14
Publisher Taylor & Francis Group
Place of publication Abingdon, England
Publication date 2008-11
ISSN 1366-8803
Keyword(s) middle managers
work-life integration
Summary Middle managers in today's organisations have reported experiencing longer working hours and intensified work regimes. These increased pressures, in turn, have led to growing difficulty in addressing the integration of their work and personal lives. In an exploratory study of the daily workplace experiences of Australian middle managers and the impacts on their personal lives, one of the key themes to emerge was respondents' concerns about the negative effects on their friendships. This paper discusses middle managers' recognition of the value of friendships for their wellbeing, and the resultant anger and sadness reported at the strain on these relationships due to competing time demands. The significant role that friendships play in alleviating some of the stresses of work demands, while concurrently being impeded by these same demands, is an important issue for organisations to consider. These findings indicate the need for middle managers to truly have an ability to engage in activities - and friendships - which will aid them in their working lives. The study also indicates a need for further investigation into the development and maintenance of friendships for both middle managers and other groups of employees.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/13668800802361831
Field of Research 150311 Organisational Behaviour
Socio Economic Objective 970115 Expanding Knowledge in Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2008
Copyright notice ©2008, Taylor & Francis
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