Work-life balance: a study of field level administration in Bangladesh

Authors: Yang, Y.

Start date: 18 June 2018

Work-life balance is considered as one of the contemporary discourses in the arena of Human Resource Management. However, the concept of work-life balance is viewed differently in different cultural context. This paper aims to explore the work-life balance scenario prevalent in the field administration which is a vital tier in the public sector of Bangladesh. Therefore, the paper sets its objectives to find out the relationship among Job Pressure Stress, Job Threat Stress, Inter-role Conflict and Workplace support with Work-life Balance in the field administration of Bangladesh. This study applied a quantitative method via collecting primary data through a structured questionnaire distributed among the Bangladesh Civil Service (Administration) cadre officers working in the field administration. Total 153 officers responded in the survey and the data form these representative. The findings show that Job Pressure Stress and Inter-role Conflict have significant relations with Work-life Balance while Job Threat Stress is found to have no significant relation. In the case of Workplace support, the result bears no significant relation with Work-life Balance. However, the Family Supportive Organizational Policy, an aspect of the workplace support, maintains a significant positive impact on Work-life Balance. In brief, the paper has summed up the factors affecting work-life balance as Job Pressure Stress and Inter-role Conflict while the Family Supportive Organizational Policy has remedial impact on minimizing the conflict between work and non-work personal commitments of the employees. Therefore, the findings and the subsequent recommendations of the paper emphasized on taking initiatives so that the afore-mentioned factors can be reduced to achieve intended work-life balance in the field administration of Bangladesh.

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