The fallacy of integration:work and non-work in professional services

Wilson, Simon, Butler, Michael, James, Kim, Partington, David, Singh, Val and Vinnicombe, Susan (2004). The fallacy of integration:work and non-work in professional services. Women in Management Review, 19 (4), pp. 186-195.


Many organisations are encouraging their staff to integrate work and non-work, but a qualitative study of young professionals found that many crave greater segregation rather than more integration. Most wished to build boundaries to separate the two and simplify a complex world. Where working practices render traditional boundaries of time and space ineffective, this population seems to create new idiosyncratic boundaries to segregate work from non-work. These idiosyncratic boundaries depended on age, culture and life-stage though for most of this population there was no appreciable gender difference in attitudes to segregating work and non-work. Gender differences only became noticeable for parents. A matrix defining the dimensions to these boundaries is proposed that may advance understanding of how individuals separate their work and personal lives. In turn, this may facilitate the development of policies and practices to integrate work and non-work that meet individual as well as organisational needs.

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Divisions: Aston Business School > Work & organisational psychology research group
Aston Business School > Work & organisational psychology
Aston Business School
Uncontrolled Keywords: professional services,lifestyles,family life,gender
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Published Date: 2004
Authors: Wilson, Simon
Butler, Michael ( 0000-0002-0061-9538)
James, Kim
Partington, David
Singh, Val
Vinnicombe, Susan

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