Applied Research in Quality of Life

, Volume 13, Issue 1, pp 229–254 | Cite as

Work-Life Balance: an Integrative Review

  • M. Joseph Sirgy
  • Dong-Jin LeeEmail author


Based on a thorough review of the literature we introduce an integrated conceptualization of work-life balance involving two key dimensions: engagement in work life and nonwork life and minimal conflict between social roles in work and nonwork life. Based on this conceptualization we review much of the evidence concerning the consequences of work-life balance in terms work-related, nonwork-related, and stress-related outcomes. We then identify a set of personal and organizational antecedents to work-life balance and explain their effects on work-life balance. Then we describe a set of theoretical mechanisms linking work-life balance and overall life satisfaction. Finally, we discuss future research directions and policy implications.


Work-life balance Work-family conflict Work-life integration Work-family interface Work-life interface Life satisfaction Work-related consequences of work-life balance Nonwork-related consequences of work-life balance Stress-related consequences of work-life balance Personal predictors of work-life balance Organizational predictors of work-life balance 


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  1. 1.Pamplin College of BusinessVirginia Polytechnic Institute & State UniversityVirginiaUSA
  2. 2.School of BusinessYonsei UniversitySeoulSouth Korea

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