Title

The Benefit of Bad Economies: Business Cycles and Time-Based Work-Life Conflict

Publication Type

Conference Paper

Publication Date

8-2013

Abstract

Recent management research has indicated the importance of family, sleep, and recreation as important non-work activities of employees. Drawing from entrainment theory, we develop an expanded model of work-life conflict to contend that macro-level business cycles will influences the amount of time employees spent on both work and non-work activities. Focusing solely on those who are employed, we examine a large nationally representative data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. We find that during economic booms, employees work more, and therefore spend less time with family, sleeping, and recreating. In contrast, in weak economies, employees spend less time working, and therefore spend more time sleeping, with family, and recreating. Thus, we extend theory on time-based work-to-family conflict, showing that there are benefits to weak economies.

Keywords

business cycles, sleep, work life conflict

Discipline

Organizational Behavior and Theory

Research Areas

Organisational Behaviour and Human Resources

Publication

Academy of Management

ISSN

0065-0668

Identifier

10.5465/AMBPP.2013.10915abstract

Publisher

Academy of Management

City or Country

Lake Buena Vista, FL

Additional URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.5465/AMBPP.2013.10915abstract