Time biases: exploring the work-life balance of single Nigerian managers and professionals
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Design/methodology/approach – Relying on an interpretivist approach, the dataset comprises of interviews with 24 bank managers and 20 medical doctors working in Nigeria.
Findings – Our findings highlight employers’ misconceptions concerning the non-work preferences and commitments of singles as well as an undervaluation by employers of their non-work time. Conceptualised as ‘time biases', such time is routinely invaded by the organisation, with profound implications for perceptions of fairness. This fosters backlash behaviours with potential detrimental effects in terms of organisational effectiveness.
Research limitations/implications – The study is limited to investigating the WLB of singles in high-status roles, namely banking and medical careers. Future research may examine the experiences of a more diverse range of occupations. The sample comprises heterosexual, never-married professionals, whose experiences may differ from other categories of single workers, such as childless divorced people, widows, non-heterosexual singles, and partners who have no children.
Practical implications – In order to avoid counterproductive behaviours in the workplace, WLB policies should not only focus on those with childcare concerns. Inclusive work-life policies for other household structures, such as single-persons, are necessary for improving overall organisational wellbeing.
Originality/value – The majority of WLB studies have been undertaken in Western and Asian contexts, to the neglect of the Sub-Saharan African experience. Additionally, research tends to focus on WLB issues on the part of working parents, overlooking the difficulties faced by singles.
|Number of pages||14|
|Journal||Journal of Managerial Psychology|
|Early online date||25 Feb 2020|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Mar 2020|
- Journal of Managerial Psychology Final Accepted Revision
Rights statement: Akanji, B., Mordi, C., Simpson, R., Adisa, T. and Oruh, E. (2020), "Time biases: exploring the work–life balance of single Nigerian managers and professionals", Journal of Managerial Psychology, Vol. 35 No. 2, pp. 57-70. https://doi.org/10.1108/JMP-12-2018-0537. Copyright © 2020, Emerald Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
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