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Draft – Organizations- Expectations What/Sowhat


Learn about:

  • Organizational Pressures
  • Challenges of Organizational Expectations
  • Effects on Family Life

Organizational Pressures

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Organizational pressures associated with scheduling issues contribute to work-family conflict. Organizational pressures include staffing or resource shortages, constant scrutiny of decision-making skills from superiors, or poor communication. Pressures that contribute to the non-PSP spouse carrying more responsibilities than the PSP include “rotating shifts, unscheduled overtime, and unpredictable call-ins.” Overtime often occurs due to unforeseen circumstances, which results in it being mandatory and otherwise non-negotiable for PSP.

The nature of PS work, and by extension PS organizations, can result in competing demands due the prioritization of PSP careers. Competing demands is the unexpected, non-negotiable needs that PS organizations hold over the PSP compete with the ability of other family members to work full-time or engage in other activities, due to the last minute and ever-changing needs of the PSP – especially in families with young children.

In several PSP sectors, including firefighting, EMS, and corrections, it can become impossible to balance both careers and childcare; since PS work is prioritized due to non-negotiable job requirements. This results a need for sacrifice from other family members – including career postponement, working fewer hours etc.

Challenges of Organizational Expectations

Organizational Expectations Effects on Family Life

PSP organizational pressures can have a variety of effects on PSP and their families. Unpredictability and non-negotiable nature of unexpected shifts results in frustrations and increased stress for family members. Rotating shifts and the last minute nature of PSP overtime can result in inconsistencies in family roles, resulting in competition between work and family.

Family members often experience a lack of reciprocation due to a lack of support from PS organizations for the ways in which they accommodate and support the PSP work, due to importance of PS work, difficult work schedules and loyalty to the PS organization.

This need for flexibility and maintaining a “Family First” philosophy (to be discussed below) can provide a sense of stability in children, but can also lead to frustration and increased stress for family members.