Spillover and work-family conflict in probation practice: Managing the boundary between work and home life

WESTABY, Chalen, PHILLIPS, Jake and FOWLER, Andrew (2016). Spillover and work-family conflict in probation practice: Managing the boundary between work and home life. European Journal of Probation, 8 (3), 113-127.

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Based on the close relationship between social work and probation practice this article uses and develops Greenhaus and Beutell's (1985) work-family conflict model to understand the spillover from probation work to practitioners’ family lives. We examine the ways spillover affects practitioners' family lives and show that these conflicts stem from desensitisation and the work being community based. They also arise in more imagined ways which we describe as altruistic imaginings and darker imaginings. The article concludes by highlighting the need for organisations to acknowledge spillover and its effects and makes suggestions around the provision of organisational policies. We conclude by considering what probation providers, as employers might do improve the situation as well as some reflective tools that practitioners might use to consider their own work-life balance with a view to improving staff wellbeing as well as effective service provision.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: probation practice, spillover, work–family conflict
Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Law Research Group
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1177/2066220316680370
Page Range: 113-127
Depositing User: Jake Phillips
Date Deposited: 02 Nov 2016 15:04
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 04:10
URI: https://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/13925

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