Finnish women managers’ perception of work-life balance – A qualitative research
School of Business | Bachelor's thesis
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(Mikkeli) Bachelor’s Program in International Business
AbstractObjectives The main objective of this study was to explore how Finnish women managers perceive their work-life balance in terms of contributing and hindering factors. Further, the existence of generational differences was examined. Summary This research studies how Finnish female managers perceived their work-life balance regarding its contributing and hindering factors and whether any generational differences were identifiable. The literature review covers a variety of topics, such as female representation in management roles and generational differences, before moving on to a discussion of work-life balance. It also investigates multi-levelled factors that might impede and enhance women’s work-life balance. The analysis of data from qualitative interviews with Finnish woman managers provides valuable insights on their work-life balance. Conclusions Results suggest that the perception and attainment of work-life balance is largely dependent on oneself. Further, the Finnish parental leave system is found to be generous and comprehensive, while workplace policies in Finland are supportive of work-life balance for female managers. Despite these positive findings, traditional gender stereotypes are still prevalent in Finland, resulting in an unequal distribution of household and childcare duties. Finally, evidence for generational differences is minor and thus their existence could not be strongly supported for.
Thesis advisorBlack, Kate
work-life balance, female managers, generational differences, contributing factors to work-life balance, hindering factors to work-life balance