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cross cultural work family interfaces work family conflict china and mexico

Cross-Cultural Work-Family Interfaces: Work-Family Conflict -- China and Mexico

Sophorn Cheam

Debbie Leung

HuiYi Hung

Lillian Ramos

Catherine Xu

Presented by :

cross cultural work family interfaces work family conflict
Cross-Cultural Work-Family Interfaces: - Work-Family Conflict
  • Outline:
    • Definition of Work-Family Conflict
    • Causes of Work Family Conflict
    • Work-Family Policies
    • Approaching Differences
    • Concerns Rise from Differences
work family conflict defined
Work-Family Conflict Defined
  • Work and family demands become imbalanced
  • Differences & conflict of dual breadwinners & traditional family roles
  • Identity Theory-- Burke, 1996; Thoits, 1991
    • Women: professional life vs. traditional role
  • Job stressors, job involvement leads to job distress and depression
countries comparison
Countries Comparison

Source: The Macro-environment and Work-Family Conflict:

Development of a Cross Culture Comparative Framework

mexico
Mexico
  • Traditional family- “patriarchal-authoritarian,”
    • meaning that family is important & father has domination over entire family.
  • Females role is at home.
    • When the requirement to have the woman become a mother and employee increases the stress because it’s not a cultural norm to have women work.
  • Low per capita GNP, depends on a service related economy, relatively high population growth rate creates largest amount of strain on families.
china
China
  • Chinese tradition is “utilitarianistic familism,”
    • which is a tendency to place family interests above those of the individual.
  • Work role is a means to an end, the end is the family’s financial security
  • Low per capita GNP, country depends on manufacturing related economy, largest population can be an indication of economic strain on families.
causes of work family conflict family work conflict
Causes of Work-Family Conflict & Family-Work Conflict
  • Time devoted to one role makes it difficult to participate in another role
  • WIF: Higher the position, greater the responsibilities
    • This would lead to more time away from the family
  • FIW: Chores and family commitments would intrude on time needed to successfully complete tasks on the job
  • The bottom line: STRESS
work interfering with family wif
Work Interfering with Family (WIF)
  • Driven by the MNE’s need for the almighty “buck” and the ever-present threat of being called back prematurely
  • Expatriate would feel pressure to put the time in at work.
family interfering with work fiw
Family Interfering with Work (FIW)
  • Being away from the familiar scenes of home and friends
  • Family members need more support to help them through the “critical part” of adjustment.
health concerns
Health Concerns
  • Several studies have linked these two types of conflicts with:
    • Increased occurrence of hypertension, alcoholism, depression, psychological illness and
    • A general dissatisfaction with life
  • Resulting in high turnover, absenteeism, low morale and poor performance.
in the war of work family balance
In the War of Work-Family Balance…
  • Retention strategies used by the best U.S. corporations:
    • Money
  • Unfortunately, there’s something that money cannot buy!!
a better solution
A Better Solution….
  • Family-friendly benefits:
    • Impact of job stress on family life and health
    • Influence employees’ decisions to stay or leave
why is family friendly policy important
Why is Family-Friendly Policy Important?
  • Full-time employees work longer on average than 20 years ago
  • 51% of families with children have 2 working parents, which is a 54% increase since 1977 (Abram, 2004).
what do the u s firms do now
What do the U.S. Firms Do Now?

Source: http://scjohnson.com

are working mothers the biggest winner
Are Working-mothers the Biggest Winner?
  • Not true !!
    • X-generation working dads spend 3.5 hours a day with their kids
    • 70% of working men would take pay cut to spend more time with family
    • Almost 50% would turn down a promotion if family time will be less.

(Families & Work Institute, 2002)

work family conflict a business issue
Work-Family Conflict: - A Business Issue
  • The concept of both work and family have different significance and importance in different countries/cultures
  • Presence of family-supportive governmental policies moderate relationships between:
    • Demands, Resources, and Work-Family Conflicts
  • Companies have been developing family-friendly policies and practices
    • To alleviate tensions between these central life domains.
what leads to differences in approaching work family conflict
What Leads to Differences in Approaching Work-Family Conflict?
  • “Work-Family Conflict is based on a fairly simple theoretical perspective of role theory
    • Where conflicting demands coming from the two central roles in our life lead to strain.”
  • Job dissatisfaction is associated with WFC
  • Work resources: organizational & supervisor support relate to less WFC
approaching work family conflict differently
Approaching Work-Family Conflict Differently
  • Looking cross-nationally there are large discrepancies in the usefulness of specific practices of policies.
  • Childcare centers appeal to a large amount of people in the US
  • Whereas, in Mexico childcare centers are less relevant and critical
explaining the variance between different cultures
China:

Life satisfaction of Chinese employees is influenced primarily by Work-Family conflict

Chinese people assign priority to work over family

U.S. & Mexico:

American and Mexican employees are influenced primarily by Family-Work Conflict

Americans and Mexicans prioritize family over work

Explaining the Variance Between Different Cultures
explaining the variance between different cultures cont
Explaining the Variance Between Different Cultures (cont.)
  • Employees and families in China and Mexico view working long hours differently than American employees and families.
  • Differences are due to:
    • The existence of more family ties in China and Mexico, which allow people in the two countries to focus more on work.
concerns risen from differences among countries1
Concerns Risen From Differences Among Countries
  • Overtime work pattern:
  • Reasons:
  • Technological constraint
  • Show effort of bringing propriety to family
conclusion
Conclusion
  • Work-Family Conflict:
    • Affect expatriate decision
    • Related to cultural perception
    • Benefit from organizational and social support