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Title: Work-life balance among self-initiated expatriates in Singapore: definitions, challenges, and resources
Authors: Cho, Eunae
Chew, Ice Asher
Keywords: Social sciences::Psychology
Issue Date: 2021
Source: Cho, E. & Chew, I. A. (2021). Work-life balance among self-initiated expatriates in Singapore: definitions, challenges, and resources. Current Psychology, 40(9), 4612-4623.
Journal: Current Psychology
Abstract: With the globalization of the labor market, the number of self-initiated expatriates (SIEs) continues to increase. This study contributes to the emerging literature on SIEs by exploring issues of work-life balance (WLB). We conducted a qualitative study utilizing a grounded theory approach through semi-structured face-to-face interviews to explore the definition of, challenges to, and resources for WLB among SIEs. Based on the literature, individuals who initiated international relocation, possess professional qualifications, have the intention to stay in the host country temporarily, and have a regular employment status were interviewed (N = 14). The results revealed four themes in the definition of WLB: time management; psychological detachment; fulfillment at work and outside work; and diverse perspectives. Regarding factors that shape WLB, our findings suggest that SIEs’ WLB is shaped by a complex interplay of factors in the work domain, the nonwork domain, and individual attributes. The results also highlight the multi-faceted nature of SIEs – individuals who share commonalities with assigned expatriates (AEs) and domestic employees while possessing unique characteristics as those who initiate the expatriation on their own. Considering that WLB is a salient issue among SIEs, support that mitigates the challenges and builds the resources to foster WLB will aid global talent management.
ISSN: 1046-1310
DOI: 10.1007/s12144-019-00413-8
Schools: School of Social Sciences 
Rights: © 2019 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature. All rights reserved.
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