Gender differences in work-life conflict during Covid? A research agenda for work-life conflict post-pandemic

Karen Johnston*, Stephen Corbett, Adele Bezuidenhout, Dion van Zyl, Susana Pasamar Reyes

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Abstract

Studies on gender differences in work-life conflict have shown that women often report higher levels of work-life conflict due to social mores of undertaking a larger proportion of childcare and household work. Similarly, emergent research on the impact of the Covid pandemic on work-life conflict have shown that women experienced more work-life conflict. During the pandemic, educational work and provision took place within the home. The current study therefore sought to investigate work-life conflict for employees in the further education sector during the pandemic. The findings of the current study suggest that there were no gender differences, at least in the case of the further education sector, which is contrary to extant research on work-life conflict. Thus, there is scope to explore through future research whether there is trajectory towards gender equalitarianism in the sharing of household work, whether the pandemic as a crisis was an episodic event that necessitated gender equalitarian work distribution, or whether the blurring of boundaries between work and non-work domains is a continuum of neoliberal institutional demands.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages19
JournalResearch in Post-Compulsory Education
Early online date15 May 2023
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Publication statusEarly online - 15 May 2023

Keywords

  • Covid
  • further education
  • gender management
  • work-life conflict

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