Work-Family Conflict Not Just a Women's Issue: Helping All Employees Find Work-Life Balance
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Center for Advanced Human Resource Studies, ILR School, Cornell University
KEY FINDINGS * If employees feel their family life interferes with their work, they tend to feel guilty. They're actually less likely to feel guilt when they feel work interferes with their family life, possibly because it's increasingly acceptable for work to spill over into our private lives. * People with traditional gender role views (i.e., believe men should be primarily responsible for work, and women for family) tend to experience more guilt when their family interferes with their work, regardless of gender. * People with more egalitarian gender role views (i.e., feel men and women can equally share work and family roles) tend to experience more guilt when their work interferes with their family time. * Men with the most traditional gender attitudes experience the most guilt when their family conflicts with their work, compared to women, and compared to more egalitarian men. * Contrary to the popular perception that only women are affected by work-family conflict, men also experience guilt from this conflict—sometimes even more so than do women.
diversity; inclusion; employee engagement; gender role orientation; work-family conflict; guilt