Spillover between work and personal life for lodging managers

Yu Chin (Jerrie) Hsieh*, Thomas Pearson, Han Cheng Chang, Jin-Feng Uen

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Abstract

The hospitality and tourism industry is characterized by long and erratic work hours. Many jobs are unsuitable for working at home. The unique features of the lodging industry and the demands of lodging managers' jobs often have interfered with the personal lives and marital relationships of these managers. The situation may even lead to a decision to leave the specific occupation or the industry permanently. The primary goal of this research was to investigate the perspectives of Taiwan hotel managers' regarding work-personal life balance and its relationship to various demographic variables, such as gender, marital status, etc. Results indicate that very few of Taiwanese managers had difficulty balancing work and personal lives. Indeed, the majority of these managers reported their perception of success in balancing work and personal life as from neutral to very successful. No statistically significant differences were found between female and male managers in terms of perceived difficulty or success in work and personal life balance. Neither was there a significant difference among married or single female/male managers. Results also suggested that work interfered with personal life more frequently than personal life did with work.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)61-83
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Human Resources in Hospitality and Tourism
Volume3
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2004

Keywords

  • Conflict
  • Managers
  • Spillover
  • Work and life balance

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