Work-life balance research: the myth in the metaphor and Clean as an innovative qualitative research method
Latest research carried out by Clean Change Company in conjunction with the University of Surrey into the somewhat stereotyped notion of ‘work-life balance’ reveals that this is one metaphor that is more cliché than catch-all. If, like others, you imagine a pair of old-fashioned scales with ‘work’ in one pan and ‘life’ in the other, then chances are you too have been misled.
Below are links to three reports/papers regarding our research.
1. ‘More than a balancing Act? ‘Clean Language’ as an innovative method for exploring work-life balance’ is the initial report.
2. ‘Symbolic Modelling as an innovative phenomenological method in HRD research: the work-life balance project’, is the paper written by Dr. Paul Tosey (Senior Lecturer at the University of Surrey and a member of our research team) for the prestigious UFHRD (University Forum for Human Resource Development)/AHRD (Academy of HRD) Annual European Conference in 2011, where he was awarded the Alan Moon Memorial Prize for Best Refereed Paper. A photograph of the presentation is at: http://www.ufhrd.co.uk/wordpress/?p=2593#more-2593.
3. ‘Eliciting Metaphor through Clean Language: An Innovation in Qualitative Research‘, written by Dr. Paul Tosey, James Lawley and Rupert Meese (all members of the research team), is a paper that is to be published in the highly-regarded British Journal of Management. It is already available online (full text available for a fee).