Category: Work-Life Balance

Employee Start Time: Does the Early Bird Get the Worm?

Most of the time, we assume that early morning individuals are perceived more positively than their late-rising counterparts due to being evaluated as more productive and responsible. A new study in the Journal of Applied Psychology specifically examines how employees’ start times relate to the perception of their work ethics and subsequent supervisor performance ratings.

Balancing Work and Family: Global Differences and Similarities

With more and more women around the world entering the work force, the need for understanding the pressures of balancing work and family life has never been greater. “International Perspectives on Work and Family” reviews four papers on the subject, providing a greater understanding of how this balance varies from culture to culture.

What’s Missing from the Research on Work-Family Balance?

Research shows that human resource management departments that allow employees more flexible options to support their work-family balance create an environment of superior job performance and lower turnover. So why are more and more employers turning away from family friendly policies? The article suggest that, in part, the fault lies with the type of research being done.

Work Life Balance: Assessing Non-Family Conflict

Work Life balance doesn’t have to mean juggling job responsibilities and responsibilities to a wife and kids. In the modern era, families and social ties take all different forms. Yet, the discussion of balanced work and personal life has largely excluded non-families- unmarried employees and employees without children. This is a mistake.

The Key to Stop Thinking About Work When You’re Poolside

In the present study, the authors examined how partners and children effect employees’ ability to stop thinking about work. They hypothesized that a romantic partner’s work-home balance plays a large role an employee’s ability to detach from their work during leisure time. However, the presence of kids may weaken the strength of this relationship.

Flex-Time: Does Your Manager Think You’re Working Hard or Hardly Working?

The present study builds theory regarding flexible work practices (FWPs). Integrating theory on signaling and attributions, the authors propose that managers interpret employees’ use of FWPs as a signal of organizational commitment, depending on whether managers make productivity or personal life attributions for employees’ FWP use.

Working too much? Spending lots of time with family? You’re probably not sleeping enough

Topic: Work-life Balance Publication: Personnel Psychology (WINTER 2012) Article: Borrowing from sleep to pay work and family: Expanding time-based conflict to the broader nonwork domain Authors: Barnes, C. M., Wagner, D. T., & Ghumman, S. Reviewed by: Alexandra Rechlin Pretend for a minute that you have a lot you want

Everybody Wins: The Power of Engagement in Promoting Work-Family Facilitation (IO Psychology)

Topic: Work-Life Balance, Engagement Publication: Human Relations (SEP 2012) Article: Work Engagement and Work-Family Facilitation: Making Homes Happier Through Positive Affective Spillover Authors: Satoris Culbertson, Maura Mills, & Clive Fullager Reviewed By: Thaddeus Rada For many years, researchers in IO psychology have focused on the negative outcomes, such as stress

Are you being treated badly by coworkers? It might just be affecting your home life (IO Psychology)

Topic: Counter-Productive Work Behavior, Work-Life Balance, Stress Publication: Journal of Organizational Behavior (MAY 2012) Article: You cannot leave it at the office: Spillover and crossover of coworker incivility Authors: M. Ferguson Reviewed by: Alexandra Rechlin Do you have a coworker who is rude to you? Ignores you? Is condescending to