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In search of the perfect manager? Work-life balance and managerial work

Ford, J and Collinson, D L (2011) In search of the perfect manager? Work-life balance and managerial work. Work, Employment and Society, 25 (2). pp. 257-273. ISSN 0950-0170

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    Abstract

    Work-life balance debates continue to proliferate but give relatively little critical attention to managerial workers. This article draws on research into the experiences of managers in a local government organization revealing an intricate, multifaceted and heterogeneous picture of fragmentation, conflicting demands, pressures and anxieties. The study highlights the importance of paid work for public sector managers; the concomitant difficulties in controlling working hours for those in managerial roles and the extent to which shifts in work orientation occur during managers’ careers. Research findings suggest that in practice work-life balance initiatives may only serve to increase managerial anxieties and pressures, the very opposite outcome to that intended. These themes do not feature in many work-life balance debates, which tend to assume the perfect manager who is able and willing to create a symmetrical balance between different spheres of life.

    Item Type: Article
    Journal or Publication Title: Work, Employment and Society
    Uncontrolled Keywords: contradictory demands on workers ; managerial identities ; managerial work ; orientation to work ; public sector managers ; work-life balance
    Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
    Departments: Lancaster University Management School > Management Learning & Leadership
    ID Code: 45772
    Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
    Deposited On: 11 Jul 2011 19:37
    Refereed?: Yes
    Published?: Published
    Last Modified: 19 Dec 2013 14:44
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    URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/45772

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