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Work and Family—Allies or Enemies?What Happens When Business Professionals Confront Life Choices$
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Stewart D. Friedman and Jeffrey H. Greenhaus

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780195112757

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195112757.001.0001

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Choosing Work or Family … or Both?

Choosing Work or Family … or Both?

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(p.19) 2 Choosing Work or Family … or Both?
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Work and Family—Allies or Enemies?
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Stewart D. Friedman

Jeffrey H. Greenhaus

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195112757.003.0002

This chapter begins with an exploration of how the choices men and women make and the priorities set rule to a large degree whether career and family will be allies or enemies. A classification system is introduced for understanding life priorities and to explore some of what differentiates people who fall into different groups based on those priorities. The understanding of these groups forms the groundwork for a good portion of the analysis in the remaining chapters, where they show how our personal values determine how work affects family and family affects work. Readers even have the chance to apply these measures to their own lives. Most business professionals surveyed do pursue demanding careers and active family and personal lives, but they do not necessarily value the two aspects uniformly.

Keywords:   priorities, work, personal values, careers, family

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