IJSSH 2017 Vol.7(3): 164-171 ISSN: 2010-3646
doi: 10.18178/ijssh.2017.V7.813

Work-Life Balance and Job Satisfaction: An Empirical study Focusing on Higher Education Teachers in Oman

K. Agha, F. T. Azmi, and A. Irfan
Abstract—With increasing levels of stress, competition and insecurities in life, work-life balance issues have become extremely important. Employees are looking for ways that will help them balance between work and personal life effectively. Researchers have also identified that work-life balance leads to positive organizational outcomes. Although work-life balance has been a frequent subject of inquiry in the Western world, there have been no studies on work-life balance in the Sultanate of Oman. Human resources are being considered as vital for the realization of the ‘Vision for Oman’s National Economy: Oman 2020’ laid by the Sultanate, and hence, a study on work-life balance is both timely and relevant. It needs to be understood that teachers are the cornerstone of the development of any society and hence their well-being is important. Therefore, the present study seeks to explore work-life balance and its relation to job satisfaction of teachers in the higher education sector in the Sultanate of Oman. Findings of the study revealed that while work interference with personal life and personal life interference with work had a negative relationship with job satisfaction, work and personal life enhancement had a positive relationship with job satisfaction. Thus, the findings of the present study corroborate with previous research evidence. Thus, we can safely conclude that work and personal life needs to be integrated and balanced by organizations through work-life balance initiatives.

Index Terms—Work-life balance, job satisfaction, teacher satisfaction, sultanate of Oman, higher education.

K. Agha is with Skyline University College, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates (e-mail: kakul_p@yahoo.com).
F T. Azmi is with Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, India (e-mail: ftazmi@gmail.com). A. Irfan is a PhD scholar with Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, India (e-mail: adeeba09@gmail.com).

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Cite: 813-HA00017, "Work-Life Balance and Job Satisfaction: An Empirical study Focusing on Higher Education Teachers in Oman," International Journal of Social Science and Humanity vol. 7, no. 3, pp. 164-171, 2017.

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