Exploring the implications of the influence of organisational culture on work-life balance practices: evidence from Nigerian medical doctors

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Adisa, T., Modi, C. and Osabutey, E. 2017. Exploring the implications of the influence of organisational culture on work-life balance practices: evidence from Nigerian medical doctors. Personnel Review. 46 (3), pp. 454-473. https://doi.org/10.1108/PR-05-2015-0138
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TitleExploring the implications of the influence of organisational culture on work-life balance practices: evidence from Nigerian medical doctors
AuthorsAdisa, T., Modi, C. and Osabutey, E.
Abstract

Purpose - Whilst significant evidence of western work-life balance (WLB) challenges exists, studies that explore Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) are scarce. This article explores how organisational culture in Nigerian medical organisations influences doctors’ WLB and examines the implications of supportive and unsupportive cultures on doctors’ WLB.
Methodology - The paper uses qualitative data gleaned from semi-structured interviews of 60 medical doctors across the six geo-political zones of Nigeria in order to elicit WLB challenges within the context of organisational culture.
Findings - The findings show that organisational culture strongly influences employees’ abilities to use WLB policies. Unsupportive culture resulting from a lack of support from managers, supervisors, and colleagues together with long working hours influenced by shift-work patterns, a required physical presence in the workplace, and organisational time expectations exacerbate the challenges that Nigerian medical doctors face in coping with work demands and non-work related responsibilities. Our findings emphasise how ICT and institutions also influence WLB.
Originality/value – The paper addresses the under-researched SSA context of WLB and emphasises how human resource management policies and practices are influenced by the complex interaction of organisational, cultural, and institutional settings.

LanguageEnglish
PublisherEmerald
JournalPersonnel Review
ISSN0048-3486
Publication dates
Print03 Apr 2017
Publication process dates
Deposited20 Apr 2016
Accepted04 Apr 2016
Output statusPublished
Accepted author manuscript
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1108/PR-05-2015-0138
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