A Qualimetric Approach to Work-Life Balance

Yue Cai Hillon, Teri Domagalski, Jayne Zanglein


Work-life balance research has employed both qualitative and quantitative methods. Self-reported surveys dominate the field, with interviews and document analysis used to a lesser extent. Whether stated or not, workers in these studies are generally assumed to have two separate lives or roles and are, therefore, implicitly two different people. Our approach to work-life balance utilized a method to explore the individual intersubjective psychological relationships hidden within the functions of an organization and beyond to the extended social networks of its members. We adapted a qualimetric socio-economic intervention research approach to study individualized meanings and impacts of work-life balance in a complete academic/administrative unit of a business college, thereby offering the potential for applicability and scalability to an entire college or university. The qualimetric approach produced findings that differed from previous research in the broader field of work-life balance research. Treating each worker a single person revealed that while symptoms or superficial effects may differ at home or at work, the root causes of challenges at both work and at home were the same.


Work-Life Balance, Qualimetric, Socio-Economic

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