Professor Yasin Rofcanin from the University of Bath’s Future of Work research center said.
“As a result, both members of a couple benefit. Couples receiving support from colleagues and partners will be more creative in their work, in what is called a ‘spiral of interest. So’ , employers must recognize the value of caring colleagues.”
Higher work policies and supervisory intervention or work policies, which are informal support from co-workers, stand out as having/b> the greatest impact on an individual’s abilities. in managing work-life balance,
Supporting colleagues can mean being there to listen and talk through life problems and challenges as they arise, offering suggestions for problems at home, as well as providing Absence coverage should the child fall ill or other care responsibilities are imminent.
Research shows that organizations should give employees more flexibility to manage caregiving with co-workers without the need for manager intervention.
The study also warns employers about the pitfalls of work practices and expectations that affect family life, encouraging employers to be mindful of the adverse impact on relationships. generation.
“A lot of research shows the stress of being in a dual-income couple, it’s refreshing to see the triumph for love relationships besides work,” Rofcanin said. “While we do not recommend that employers interfere in relationships, they can make a positive contribution to the quality of relationships at home by putting in place policies and procedures to minimize work-family conflicts, such as time limits and expectations for responding to emails outside of business hours.”
The study by the University of Bath, VU Amsterdam and IESE Business School, focused on five-week diary entries of more than 200 full-time, dual-income heterosexual couples in the United States, eighty percent of the time. that number had children.
The researchers acknowledge that there may be limitations to relying on co-workers for support with work and family issues, with partners at home feeling jealous and upset about their closeness. ‘work spouse’ relationship.
They suggest that future research may examine The potential of this dynamic relationship to foster conflict at home.