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Work-Family Conflicts: Assessing a South African Sample of Urban Employees

Akinnusi, David M. and Oyewunmi, Adebukola Esther and Sonubi, Olubukunola O. (2018) Work-Family Conflicts: Assessing a South African Sample of Urban Employees. International and Multidisciplinary Journal of Social Sciences, 7 (2). pp. 108-134.

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The article explores the scope and impact of employees’ work responsibilities on the family life and vice-versa. It describes the coping styles adopted by a sample of urban employees and the efficacies of these styles. A semi-structured questionnaire and in-depth interviews were the means of collecting data from 48 respondents who were either dual career couples or single parents. The findings reveal that virtually all the respondents experience serious work-family conflicts, especially with managing their time, domestic chores, and stress. The challenge is for the employer, the employee, trade unions and partners to support each other to alleviate work-family conflicts. The findings are important given the focus of South African government on emancipating and empowering women through legislation and the setting up of national women. The contributions of women would be undermined, if family-work conflicts such as identified here were not addressed.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: African family system, dual career couples, employees, coping strategies, work-family conflicts, South Africa, urban workers
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD61 Risk Management
Divisions: Faculty of Law, Arts and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Mrs Hannah Akinwumi
Date Deposited: 15 Aug 2018 12:58
Last Modified: 15 Aug 2018 12:58

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