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Work Role-Motherhood Role Constructions and Conflicts in Workplace Interactions

Indian Journal of Industrial Relations

Volume 54 Issue 1

Published: 2018
Author(s) Name: Mridul Maheshwari and Jerome Joseph | Author(s) Affiliation: Assistant Professor, IIM Kashipur, Kundeshwari, Uttarakhand.
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Professional working women face workplace conflicts out of the combined effect of social expectations, pressures and career role aspirations. This study focuses on a particular stage in women’s career continuity – entry into motherhood roles in their early careers which creates attendant dilemmas and anxieties due to organizational-managerial dispositions and biases. A grounded qualitative research approach was adopted and in-depth conversational, unstructured interviews were conducted with eight professional women subjects holding managerial positions using the snowball technique. The subjects and the geographies have been held anonymous to protect sources. Five frames representing the work role-motherhood role dynamics at the workplace emerged from the study which can become the basis for sensitizing organizations on this issue.

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