A study on Work-life Balance of Indian expatriates with respect to the IT sector
Keywords:work-life balance, expatriates, general adjustment, job satisfaction
Work-Life balance is an evolving aspect in global economy. Over the past two decades the issue work-family and work-life balance have received enormous attention from employers and employees mainly in IT industry. There are about 18 million Indian expatriates working in the UK, UAE and the US and the number is projected to increase year by year. This creates a need to explore work-life balance among expatriates. In this study, qualitative research method was used, and the data was collected using interview method as the instrument. Actual data was collected from five IT expatriates. The data was analyzed using content analysis. The findings revealed that workload and family support are main contributors to work-life conflict among expatriates while receiving better salaries, meeting new people and experiencing culture are the work-life enrichment factors. Expatriates use general adjustment and interaction to adjust better with their new environment. Hence, it is recommended for organizations to support expatriates through relevant activities to assist them to achieve work-life balance in a foreign country.
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