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Reasons and strategies associated with positive interaction between work and home amongst managers: An exploratory study

Janet Oosthuizen, Karina Mostert
SA Journal of Industrial Psychology | Vol 36, No 1 | a877 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajip.v36i1.877 | © 2010 Janet Oosthuizen, Karina Mostert | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 24 November 2009 | Published: 16 November 2010

About the author(s)

Janet Oosthuizen, NWU, South Africa
Karina Mostert, NWU, South Africa


Orientation: In order to facilitate positive interaction between work and home, it is necessary to understand the reasons for and strategies used by managerial employees to manage this interaction.

Research purpose: The objectives of this study were to determine, (1) reasons why employees experience high or low positive work–home interaction and (2) strategies that employees with high and low positive interaction use.

Motivation for the study: Positive interaction between work and home, particularly in managerial employees, is becoming increasingly more important with a view to ensuring a stable and healthy work–home life.

Research design, approach and method: A random clustered sample (n = 275) was taken from managerial employees in a multinational organisation and the Survey Work–Home Interaction-Nijmegen (SWING) was administered to identify participants with high and low positive interaction between work and home respectively. Thereafter, exploratory qualitative interviews were conducted with selected participants (n = 32) to deduce themes for the above-mentioned objectives. Content analysis was used to analyse, quantify and interpret the research data.

Main findings: Reasons for high or low positive interaction were identified in conjunction with previous research. Ten successful strategies for positive interaction between work and home were identified and reported.

Managerial/practical implications: Organisational recommendations made include changing the organisational culture to being more supportive, developing employees for future positions and creating social networks. In addition, individual strategies and recommendations for future research are identified.

Contribution/value-add: This study contributes to the limited research on strategies for positive interaction between work and home among managerial employees.


positive interaction between work and home; reasons; strategies; managerial employees; exploratory qualitative interviews


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