Exercise key to managing work-life balance
Researchers have found that exercise plays a key role in how people feel they can manage their work-life balance.
Lead author Russell Clayton, assistant professor of management at Saint Leo University said that individuals who exercised regularly were more confident they could handle the interaction of their work and home life and were less likely to be stressed at work.
Conflict between work and home can be categorized in two ways. Work interference with family describes typical job-based pressures that can lead to interference (either time or psychologically) of family time.
Family interference with work is when personal issues find a way into the workday and compete with "work time." Researchers wanted to find if exercise helped both.
Previous studies have shown that exercise helps to reduce stress. A previous study examined Tai Chi exercise programs over 12 weeks. Another study looked at high-intensity aerobic exercise. Both showed reductions of self-reported stress. What researchers didn't know is if the reduction of stress actually helped empower individuals to feel they had better work-life balance.
Researchers examined responses of 476 working adults to survey questions. Respondents were asked on a four-point scale (1 never - 4 always) questions about exercise behavior. For example, "I exercise more than three days a week." Respondents were then asked a number of questions on a 7-point scale (strongly disagree - strongly agree) about their confidence in handling work-family conflicts.
These findings are set to be published in Human Resource Management.
(Posted on 14-01-2014)