Tuning in to the rhythm: The role of coping in strategic management of work-life conflicts in the public relations profession

Yan Jin, Bey Ling Sha, Hongmei Shen, Hua Jiang

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Abstract

How public relations practitioners cope with work-life conflict was studied through a national survey of a random sample of PRSA (Public Relations Society of America) members. These active practitioners reported strong preferences in using more proactive conflict coping strategies, such as rational action and positive thinking. Women and those with a graduate degree tend to report more coping behaviors than others. Three types of stressors are identified as sources of work-life conflict: behavior-driven, work-driven, and life-driven.According to our findings, while behavior-driven work-life stressors are associated with proactive coping strategies such as rational action and positive thinking, work-driven stressors tended to trigger more avoidance. Non-work driven stressors seem to predict more passive coping tendencies, such as denial and avoidance.Organizational factors are found to be important in understanding how practitioners cope with work-life conflict. As organizational demands increased to separate life from work, more instructions seemed necessary for employees to better cope with work-life conflicts. Positive thinking, as a type of cognitive coping, tends to increase when there is more immediate supervisor support and to decrease when an organization's work-life culture is skewed toward promoting work as the sole priority.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)69-78
Number of pages10
JournalPublic Relations Review
Volume40
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2014

Keywords

  • Coping
  • Practitioner survey
  • Public relations
  • Work-life conflict

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
  • Marketing

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