Workers don’t leave problems at home

Work-life balance a two-way dance
By Carly Foster
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 05/04/2007

What happens at the kitchen table also impacts the boardroom table, a new study shows.

Workers who bring family problems to the office have fewer opportunities for advancement and skill development, plus a bad rapport with their bosses, the McMaster University study found.

“These workers are coming into work with depleted resources, and therefore not being able to contribute as much,” said professor Rick Hackett, Canada research chair in organizational behaviour and human resource performance at the university’s DeGroote School of Business in Hamilton and one of the study’s authors. “Over time, the supervisor loses confidence that they’re capable employees.”