Work-home interface in a cross-cultural context: a framework for future research and practice

Katarina Putnik*, Inge Houkes, Nicole Jansen, Frans Nijhuis, IJmert Kant

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Abstract

With dual-income families on the increase, combining work and family obligations is a daily reality for many individuals. Unsatisfactory combinations of work and home duties can result in various unfavourable individual and organisational outcomes. Therefore, its proper understanding is essential in order to create adequate recommendations for interventions and prevention. There is a need for the development of theoretical frameworks that take cultural context into account in relation to work-home interface (WHI). In this paper a new framework is proposed; 'the pyramid of intersecting domains of WHI' that incorporates cultural context and other important work-life interface aspects. It builds on empirical findings of the intersectionality and work/family border theories. The pyramid consists of the following domains: the domain of work and home characteristics, the roles domain and the cultural domain, which intersect to determine the fourth side of the pyramid, that is, the observed WHI. Based on the pyramid several research propositions can be formulated. Implications for researchers and HR professionals are provided.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1645-1662
Number of pages18
JournalInternational Journal of Human Resource Management
Volume31
Issue number13
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 19 Jul 2020

Keywords

  • Work-home research framework
  • work-home interface
  • cross-cultural
  • intersectionality
  • work
  • family border theory
  • FAMILY CONFLICT
  • PAID WORK
  • PERSPECTIVE
  • VALIDATION
  • DEMANDS
  • GENDER
  • WOMEN
  • INTERSECTIONALITY
  • BOUNDARIES
  • BALANCE

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