Work-family conflict in South Asia: The case of Pakistan

S. Syed, S.B. Memon, N.A. Goraya, R. Schalk, C. Freese

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This study gives a picture of work-family conflict in South Asia, specifically the views of Pakistani Bank employees on antecedents and
outcomes of work -family conflicts. We use the framework of the psychological contract to understand work-to family conflict for both
employees and managers, to see how work-to family conflict might be resolved. Twenty bank employees, including three executives were selected from three privatized banks and two private Banks in Pakistan. Semi-structured interviews were conducted to get rich and deep insights on work-family conflicts in Pakistan. The findings suggested that the high working demands in the form of long working hours and workload did not directly lead to work-to-family conflict; conflicts arose when demands emerged from work as well as family domains. Since the perception of management of the work-life balance practices differs from the view of the employees, they have to create a joint new employment relationship (psychological contract) to be able to fulfill the requirements of both parties .This study suggest that HR managers should acknowledge the importance of work-family balance and psychological contracts by understanding their obligations from the eye of employees. This is especially important in the current situation of increasing working demands and changing family demands.
Keywords: Work-Family conflict, Pakistan, Psychological contract, Obligations, Demands, Bank
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)120-133
JournalResearch Journal of Business and Management
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • Work-family conflict
  • pakistan
  • psychological contract
  • obligations
  • demands
  • bank


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