Academic Employees’ perceptions of Work - Life Balance practices: A Case Analysis of Private Universities in Ogun State, Nigeria


  • Anthonia Adenike Adeniji Business Management Department, Covenant University
  • Stella Ibiyinka Ojo Business Management Department, Covenant University
  • Hezekiah Olubusayo Falola Business Management Department, Covenant University
  • Jonathan O. Adeyeye Business Management Department, Covenant University


employees, academics, perception, work life, job satisfaction and commitment


This study investigates academic employees' perceptions and experiences of work–life balance (WLB) in private Universities in Ogun State. A descriptive research design involves in-depth interviews among 129 academic employees in private Universities in Ogun State. Specifically, the main objectives are to critically examine the practices of work-life balance in the Universities. The study assesses the types of WLB policies and practices within the Universities and factors which influence the employee’s perception of work-life balance within the framework of employment relationship in the various Universities in Nigeria. Using spill-over theory, the findings reveal various dimensions in the academic employees' concept of WLB and show that academic employee experience the strain of work intensification and long hours of work. There is a wide gap between corporate WLB practices and the academic employee understanding of WLB. The paper suggests policy implications which would aid the implementation of WLB policies within Private Universities and suggests directions for future research.


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