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Satisfaction with the Work-Life Balance: Working Women’s View (Regional Aspect)

Belekhova G.V., Ivanovskaya A.L.

Volume 15, Issue 1, 2022

Belekhova G.V., Ivanovskaya A.L. (2022). Satisfaction with the work-life balance: Working women’s view (regional aspect). Economic and Social Changes: Facts, Trends, Forecast, 15(1), 209–222. DOI: 10.15838/esc.2022.1.79.11

DOI: 10.15838/esc.2022.1.79.11

Abstract   |   Authors   |   References
One of the employee’s objective needs is an appropriate balance between work and private life. The article presents a comparative study of satisfaction with the work-life balance among working women with and without children. Based on the materials of a questionnaire survey of the Vologda Oblast working-age population, conducted in 2018, we investigate the features of perception of the following aspects of work and family life: satisfaction with the ability to combine work and family responsibilities, the impact of work on various aspects of daily life, the ability to organize recreation, the presence of problems related to one’s close environment, qualitative characteristics of work. We have revealed that working women with and without children have predominant positive or neutral impact of work on daily life, and there are no significant differences in the number of working days per month and the actual length of the working day. We have found that women without children often perform extra work, are less able to organize their leisure time, and are harsher in relation to their close environment. However, there are no significant differences in satisfaction with the work-life balance among women with and without children. The paper determines that working women (regardless of parental status) who satisfactorily assess the ability to combine work and family responsibilities are characterized by better indicators of labor activity (fewer delays and disruptions in work, less failure to fulfill plans, etc.), a higher level of realization of physical, personal and professional abilities in work. The similarity of the subjective perception of the work-life balance among working women with and without children may indicate women’s high adaptability to multitasking and time allocation. We highlight the importance of improving the policy on family and employment, in particular in terms of developing flexible employment formats

Keywords

labor potential, leisure, sociological survey, subjective assessment, woman, work-life balance, satisfaction, working day

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