ERIC Number: ED373144
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Aug-20
Reference Count: N/A
The Workplace as Family, the Family as Workplace.
Entin, Alan D.
Studies have shown that work-related stressors are compounded by the stressors that employees bring to the workplace. Although interdisciplinary interest in the work-family relationship has increased during the past 2 decades, a conceptual understanding of how work affects the family or the reciprocal relationship between family and work has yet to be developed. A number of studies have presented evidence supportive of the hypothesis that individual workers seek or attempt to create work environments similar to their family of origin and that the family of origin concept is useful in understanding the interface of family-work relationships and the epidemic phenomenon of stress, anxiety, and burnout in the workplace. Family psychologists have recently begun applying family theory to an understanding of workplace behaviors and functioning. The relevance of family of origin studies to work systems stems from the concepts of differentiation of self and its applications to work systems and organizational behavior. Increased differentiation of self, whether in families or corporations, has important ramifications in reducing stress, anxiety, and burnout. The model of a "healthy" family is applicable to attempts to understand "healthy" work systems. (Contains 24 references.) (MN)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Family of Origin
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (101st, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, August 20, 1993).