Family-friendly policies as an organizational support to overcome work-family conflict

  • Sabitha Marican University of Malaya
  • Surena Sabil Universiti Malaysia Sarawak


The involvement of women at the workplace has often been related to work-family conflict. Work-family conflict is the amount of conflict an individual experiences whilst trying to adjust her jobs or career and home-life, whereby dual carrier women are faced with time pressures such as rush jobs and deadlines. In general, numerous studies done in the West and East have focused on the negative impacts of work on the family. In Malaysia, the increase of women in the workforce and families with dual work is a common phenomenon. Hence, the focus on developing women capital should be considered as one of the valuable human resource assets towards developing the nation. Based on this premise, the objective of the paper is to look at whether working time and organizational support contribute to work- family conflict. The data in this study was collected through questionnaires and interviews. The findings indicate that working time and work-family culture had a positive relationship with work-family conflict. Finally, the paper discusses various ways in which workplace organization can promote family- friendly policies in order to promote gender equality and enhance women capital in Malaysia.


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MARICAN, Sabitha; SABIL, Surena. Family-friendly policies as an organizational support to overcome work-family conflict. The Malaysian Journal of Social Administration, [S.l.], v. 9, n. 1, p. 1-18, june 2017. ISSN 2600-951X. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 11 july 2020. doi: