OSR Journal of Student Research

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How the Structural and Psychological Boundary at Work Influence Experiences of Work-Family Conflict


The current study was designed to investigate the influence of the structural boundary at work as defined by job autonomy and job flexibility has on the degree of work-family conflict experienced by workers. It was predicted that the more solidified the structural boundary is the less work-family conflict one would be experienced. Also, the psychological boundary, as defined by work flexibility-ability and work flexibilitywillingness, would mediate the relationship between the structural boundary and work-family conflict. The study will recruit working adults to answer various survey questions that consist of four different scales. The scales used will measure the degree of job autonomy and job flexibility one already has in their current employment, the degree of work flexibility-ability and their work flexibility-willingness, and finally one’s experience of work-family conflict. The study looks to find how influential the psychological boundary is on people’s experience of work-family conflict given the nature of their work structure, and as such workers should take charge in understanding this phenomenon to better their experiences of work-family conflict.

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