August 17, 2018

How Should we Manage the Work-Life Interface?

How should we effectively manage the work-life interface?
It’s an issue that organisations increasingly see as strategically important, and of course it is an issue of vital concern to employees too.

 
Work-life interfaceResearch shows that young Irish people characterize the two domains of work and family as operating in conflict with each other, and it’s important that companies understand how this impacts on their own plans for the retention of employees.

Gender and social background are known to impact on people’s attitudes to work, and in this study – completed in collaboration with Kathy Monks – we look at how these demographic factors influence people’s ideas about how best to manage the work-family interface.
 

Better Organisational Structures

If we’re more knowledgeable about the intentions of students who are about to enter the labour market, that will help us to develop better, and more robust organisational policies and procedures for the future.

Our study confirms that gender still significantly affects people’s ideas about how they will manage the relationships between work and family. It also suggests that other factors, and particularly school experience, parental education and parental occupation, play an important role in developing these attitudes too.

The full article is available for download at http://arrow.dit.ie/ijass/vol8/iss1/1/

Reference
Kirrane, Melrona and Monks, Kathy (2008) “Attitudes Towards Managing the Work-Family Interface: The Role of Gender and Social Background,” Irish Journal of Applied Social Studies: Vol. 8: Iss. 1, Article 1.
Available at: http://arrow.dit.ie/ijass/vol8/iss1/1