Understanding the causes and consequences of work-family conflict: an exploratory study of Nigerian employees.

Adisa, T., Ellis, O. and Gbadamosi, G., 2016. Understanding the causes and consequences of work-family conflict: an exploratory study of Nigerian employees. Employee Relations, 38 (5), pp. 770-788.

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DOI: 10.1108/ER-11-2015-0211

Abstract

Abstract Purpose - An important theme for a 21st century employee is a desire for work and family balance which is devoid of conflict. Drawing on detailed empirical research, this article examines the multi-faceted causes and consequences of work-family conflict in a non-western context (Nigeria). Methodology - The paper uses qualitative data gleaned from the semi-structured interviews of 88 employees (44 university lecturers and 44 medical doctors) in cities in the six geo-political zones of Nigeria. Findings – The findings showed that work pressure, heavy familial duties, poor infrastructural facilities, and a lack of suitable and practicable work-family balance policies are the main causes of work-family conflict in Nigeria. Juvenile delinquencies, broken marriages/families, and an unhappy workforce are among the grave consequences of work-family conflict among Nigerian employees. Originality/value – This article suggests that the availability of basic infrastructural facilities, more governmental support, practicable work-family policies, inter alia, will reduce the level of work-family conflict for Nigerian employees and will also results in positive spill-over from the work domain to the family domain and vice-versa.

Item Type:Article
ISSN:1758-7069
Uncontrolled Keywords:Work-family conflict, Work-family balance, Nigerian employees, Spill-over
Subjects:UNSPECIFIED
Group:Faculty of Management
ID Code:23420
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:18 Apr 2016 14:12
Last Modified:02 Aug 2016 14:03

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