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Balancing Work Life and Home Life: What Can Organizations Do to Help?

Douglas T. Hall and Judith Richter
The Academy of Management Executive (1987-1989)
Vol. 2, No. 3 (Aug., 1989), pp. 213-223
Published by: Academy of Management
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4164832
Page Count: 11
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Abstract

The issue of how individuals balance the demands of work life and home or family life has become increasingly important -- especially for employees in two-career families (47 million in the United States alone) and in today's "lean and mean" organizations. Hall and Richter propose a new way of looking at the issue: analysis of the daily transitions (both physical and psychological) between the two domains. They identify different types of transition styles as well as variations in the ways people make these transitions at the beginning and the end of each day. Important differences also exist between the ways women and men deal with work/home boundaries and transitions. But while many current organizational and personal methods of coping with work/home tensions entail greater integration of the two domains, Hall and Richter find that what employees really need is to have clear boundaries and some degree of separation between their work and home lives. They offer guidelines to individuals and organizations on effective management of these boundaries.

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