Butler Journal of Undergraduate Research


Work-family life balance influences employee job satisfaction and quality of life. When work and family life are in balance, employees perform at higher levels and have fewer health problems. U.S. Army Reservists in both civilian and Reserve medical occupations may face work-life balance conflicts from both their full-time/ civilian and part-time/military medical occupations. Army Reservists in a medical unit were surveyed about their work-family life balance behaviors using the Work–Life Climate Scale in an exploratory cross-sectional study. Most reported rarely experiencing work-life conflict behaviors; however, many also reported that they worked late three to seven days of the week. Long work hours decrease work-family balance levels and may lead to lower quality of life and poor health outcomes. If results of larger, more-definitive studies also note long work hours as a work-family life conflict for Reservists in medical units, organizational and policy change may be needed to support the mission.