HIGH DEMANDS AND UNCERTAINTY. PILOT STUDY REGARDING THE EFFECTS OF WORKLOAD AND JOB INSECURITY ON WORK-FAMILY CONFLICT
CRISTIANA CĂTĂLINA CICEI
National School of Political and Administrative Sciences
College of Communication and Public Relations
In the last years, organizations were faced with economic hardships that impacted working conditions and affected employees’ well-being. Overtime work, workload, and job insecurity can represent factors that increase the conflict between work and the family domains. The current research is a pilot study based on a convenience sample of 98 dual-couple employees working in private Romanian organizations (M=38.81, SD=8.81), that were assessed using a multidimensional work-family scale (Carlson, Kackmar, & Williams, 2000), a global measure of job insecurity (Mauno, Leskinen, & Kinnunen, 2001) and the workload subscale of Occupational Stress Scale (House, McMichael, Wells, Kaplan, & Landerman, 1979). Results indicated that workload and job insecurity predict work-family conflict, the strongest predictor being workload. Also, gender differences were highlighted in experiencing WFC, women reporting higher levels of work-family conflict. However, due to the small size and structure of the sample, the generalization of the results should be made with cautions. Future studies might examine, on more balanced and diverse samples, the relationship between the two stressors and work-family conflict.
Keywords: work-family conflict, workload, job insecurity, private organizations.
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2. C.C. Cicei (2011). High demands and uncertainty. Pilot study regarding the effects of workload and job insecurity on work-familiy conflict. Romanian Journal of Experimental Applied Psychology, vol. 2, no.4, pp. 5-15, 2011.
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