WORK-LIFE INTERACTIONS 1
Chantal long working hours tend to be pervasive whereby the time advocated for work rules Chantal life instead of her ruling her life. As such the amount of time that Chantal spend on work might have a greater influence on the work-life integration. The low control of the work hours assigned to the old student contributes towards intense work-life conflict. Based on research, work-life conflict is speared by the long working hour and the socially undesirable working hours which contribute towards an individual negative effect on health (Sabah, 2014). Though in some organization Chantal experienced flexible working hours, some organization failed to provide her with adequate resources like work-life arrangements. As such, the relationship between work demands and the management interests to control the working hours with a limited work-life provision contributes towards the creation of conflict.
Chantal long trips as a high-speed employee experience work-life conflict especially if the trip is different from the frequent shorter travel trips. The contributing factor is the poor experience of the longer trips and environ of undertaking the assigned job. Chantal encounters strain-based conflict whereby one domain makes it hard for Chantal to fulfill the requirements of the other domain. The old student is likely to experience greater stress during travelling based on the environmental factors such as traffic congestion, bad weather especially during the rush hour. The argument is based on the person-environment theory whereby workers that experience insufficient abilities to deal with the demands from the surrounding environment, the imbalance experienced between the demands and capabilities leads to negative consequences like stress. Chantal daily life contributes has issues to do with role conflict. The old student has a role overload whereby she is expected to perform several roles that are demanding and she has too little time to fulfill them. As such it is easy to conceptualize that the overload role makes the student to strain creating a huge imbalance between the demands present and the resource available to meet those demands, like availability of time and energy to tackle the activities hence affecting her mental and psychological health conditions. Contrarily, the young student is able to free herself from the stressful working program by engaging with friends for social purposes though the same free time she is expected to write her thesis.
Chantal experiences life to work conflict based on technology through the use of mobile phone and social life while focusing on her academic work and working schedules. Chantal daily life is increased with workloads and intense job stress, impacting work-life interference while the availability of internet and mobile phones distort the existing boundaries between work, home and school assignments (Sardeshmukh, 2012).
The organizations can be helpful in helping the old student to cope with work-life conflict by rewarding Chantal for sacrifices made for instance through pay or time off for overtime, offering various training on how employees can cope with new programs and setting boundaries while having events at work that are stress free . Additionally, the employers can be helpful by advocating the employees to embrace intertwining of work and personal time.
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