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

Adisa, Toyin Ajibade, Osabutey, Ellis L. C. and Gbadamosi, Gbolahan (2016) Understanding the causes and consequences of work-family conflict: an exploratory study of Nigerian employees. Employee Relations, 38 (5). pp. 770-788. ISSN 0142-5455

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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
Research Areas: A. > Business School > International Management and Innovation > International Business group
Item ID: 19449
Notes on copyright: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Emerald in Employee Relations, available online: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/ER-11-2015-0211
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Depositing User: Ellis Osabutey
Date Deposited: 21 Apr 2016 11:34
Last Modified: 01 Jun 2019 11:20
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/19449

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