Work-Life Balance in the 21st Century: Perspectives, Practices, and Challenges


Jessica Nicklin (Editor)
Department of Psychology, University of Hartford, Connecticut, USA

Series: Social Issues, Justice and Status
BISAC: HEA038000

The world of work is constantly evolving, as is the interplay between work and other life domains. As such, it is critical that practitioners and scholars recognize the complexities of balancing work and life in the 21st century. The goal of this book is therefore to meet the demand for knowledge and skills to help employees, employers and families successfully navigate work and life. The chapters address problems and propose solutions for diverse issues, ranging from classic, yet prevalent, topics (i.e., gender disparities) to novel ideas and new directions for research (i.e., chronotypes and recovery experience). To best serve the needs of the readers, both academic and applied, this volume includes empirical studies, practical reflections, review chapters, and research recommendations for the future.
The idea of work-family conflict is not a new one and has been of interest to scholars and organizational leaders for nearly five decades. Yet, we know now that balancing work and life goes beyond the needs of the “traditional family” and the “traditional nine-to-five job.” We also know that in addition to the negative consequences associated with work-family conflict, there are indeed benefits associated with balancing multiple life roles. As such, the first section of this volume examines work-life balance in unique (and often, overlooked) populations of workers. The second section goes beyond the traditional idea of work-family conflict to explore innovative ways in which to conceptualize work-life balance for the future (Imprint: Nova)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents



Author Biographies

Part 1. Balance in Unique Populations

Chapter 1. Lessons in Leadership: Insights into How Women Thrive at Work While Raising Families
Cathleen Swody, PhD and Catherine Flavin-McDonald (Thrive Leadership, West Chester, PA, USA)

Chapter 2. We’re Not There Yet: Gender and the Work-Family Interface in the Modern Workscape
Maura J. Mills, PhD, Adam Pervez, and Ashley M. Mandeville, PhD (University of Alabama, Culverhouse College of Commerce, Department of Management, Tuscaloosa, AL, USA, and others)

Chapter 3. The Business Owner Balancing Act: Exploring Work-Life Balance in Entrepreneurs
Andrew A. Bennett, PhD, Stephen E. Lanivich, PhD, Yusuf Akbulut, and M. Mahdi Moeini Gharagozloo (Department of Management, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA, USA, and others)

Chapter 4. Workaholism and Work-Family Conflict: Theoretical Perspectives, Empirical Findings, and Directions for Future Research
Rachel L. Williamson and Malissa A. Clark, PhD (Department of Psychology, University of Georgia, Athens, GA, USA)

Chapter 5. Standing the Test of Time: Chronotype, Scheduling, and Recovery Experiences
Declan O. Gilmer, Alex P. Lindsey, PhD, and Kristen P. Jones, PhD (Department of Psychology, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN, USA, and others)

Chapter 6. Nonstandard Work Schedules and Work-Life Balance
Isabel S. Silva and Daniela Costa (School of Psychology, University of Minho, Braga, Portugal)

Chapter 7. Expatriate Work-Life Balance: Resources, Work-to-Life Enrichment, and Work Outcomes
Kevin A. Byle, PhD, Jeffrey M. Cucina, PhD, Laurel A. McNall, PhD, and Jessica M. Nicklin, PhD (US Customs and Border Protection, Washington, DC, USA, and others)

Part 2. Beyond Work-Family Conflict

Chapter 8. An Examination of Positive Psychological Resources for Promoting Work-Life Balance
Jessica M. Nicklin, PhD, Laurel A. McNall, PhD, and Anneliese Janssen (University of Hartford, West Hartford, CT, USA, and others)

Chapter 9. Student Workers’ Work-Life Balance: Review, Synthesis, and Research Agenda
YoungAh Park, PhD and Lucille Headrick (School of Labor and Employment Relations, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, Urbana-Champaign, IL, USA, and others)

Chapter 10. Enhancing Self-Awareness in Organizations: A Holistic Approach to Work-Life Integration
Elena O. Stepanova, PhD, Lucía Ceja, PhD, and Félix Castillo (Department of Psychiatry and Legal Medicine, Autonomous University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain, and others)

Chapter 11. Reimagining Work-Life Balance: Lessons in Bringing Work to Life and Bringing Life to Work
Tracy Brower, PhD (Holland, MI, USA)


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