This study draws on the current status of Hong Kong professional women and the difficulties and conflicts they encounter in combining home and work roles. It examines their feelings towards their personal and professional lives. Data were obtained by means of in-depth interviews with female married professionals with children in Hong Kong (N=50). General job/family satisfaction questions were asked to ascertain their satisfaction levels with job and family. A large majority of the respondents, somewhat surprisingly, indicated they were 'satisfied' with both job and family life, despite the fact that combining the two made for an 'intense' lifestyle, suggesting that they accepted their traditional social roles. This article argues that Hong Kong managers should become more aware of both the psychological stresses on their female employees and the nature of the balancing act between life and work that they have to perform, so as to gain competitive advantage by attracting and retaining qualified women in the workforce.
|Number of pages
|International Journal of Employment Studies
|Published - 1 Oct 2003