Balancing Work and the Family Term Paper by Meg

A discussion on how couples can balance work and family obligations.
# 151393 | 2,393 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2010 | KE
Published on Jun 10, 2012 in Child, Youth Issues (Family Issues) , Women Studies (Marriage) , Business (General)

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The paper discusses how striking a balance between family and work is a difficult concept as more and more people seek to pursue their careers and manage a family at the same time. The paper looks at the research on theoretical models and strategies on how men and women can achieve a work-family balance, and finds that ultimately, the balance will depend on each couple and their work-family environments.

Process of Family and Work Balance
Research Validated Models for Family- Work Balance
Strategies for Achieving Work and Family Balance

From the Paper:

"The process of family and work balance allows couples to adjust their schedules on a requirement basis depending on work and family situations. Any decision or approach that is incorporated during this process is not permanent in nature given the constant cycle of the work- family process. If a chosen approach is not working well for the couple, they can adjust it to be more flexible and suitable to their needs and expectations. Tactical adjustment and flexibility is viewed as important in achieving a balance between work and family as it allows the couples to set appropriate targets and goals which they are meant to achieve individually while trying to balance between the aspects. While they do this should not incorporate outside demands and external factors as they try to strike a balance (Moran et al 170).
"The first step in the family-work balance process is when a couple is faced with the decision of becoming parents. This decision is usually important for those couples who are yet to conceive or have children. If they plan to have a family and pursue their careers as well, then the best option according to family experts would be to delay having children for a minimum of one year."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bellavia, Gina M. and Michael R. Frone. Work family conflict: handbook of work stress. New Jersey: Sage Publications, 2005.
  • Greenhaus, Jeffrey H. and Gary N. Powell. When work and family are allies: a theory of work-family enrichment. Academy of Management Review, Vol.31, No.1, pp 72-92
  • Moran, Robert, T., Philip R. Harris and Sarah Virgilia Moran. Managing cultural differences: global leadership strategies for the 21st century. Oxford, UK: Butterworth Heinemann, 2007.
  • Patricia, S., and Gregory A. Kuhlman. Marriage facts: balancing family and work. n.d. Web, 3 December 2010 <>
  • Shein, Jennifer and Charles P. Chen. Work family enrichment: a research of positive transfer. Netherlands: Sense Publishers, 2010.

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