Perceptions of work-life balance practices offered in the collegiate practice setting

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Title translated into German:Wahrnehmung der Work-Life Balance dargestellt im College-Trainingssetting
Author:Mazerolle, Stephanie M.; Eason, Christianne M.; Eberman, Lindsey E.
Published in:Journal of athletic training
Published:52 (2017), 12, S. 1131-1139, Lit.
Format: Publications (Database SPOLIT)
Publication Type: Journal article
Media type: Electronic resource (online) Print resource
ISSN:1062-6050, 0160-8320, 1938-162X
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Identification number:PU201802001171


Context: Organizational factors have been identified as barriers to finding work-life balance (WLB) in athletic training. Despite the existence of organizational policies to address WLB, little is known about athletic trainers' (ATs') awareness of these policies that could assist them. Objective: To better understand the perceptions of ATs regarding the workplace practices available to them, which may help them achieve WLB. Design: Phenomenologic study. Setting: Collegiate practice setting. Patients or Other Participants: Twenty-one ATs (women = 10, men = 11) employed at the collegiate level (National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I = 12, Division II = 5, Division III = 4) volunteered for our study. The average age of the participants was 33 ± 9 years. Saturation of the data was met at n = 21. Data Collection and Analysis: Participants completed an in-depth, 1-on-1 phone interview, which was then transcribed verbatim. Data were analyzed using a phenomenologic approach. Credibility was determined by member checks, peer review, and researcher triangulation. Results: Our analyses revealed that participants (1) had a limited awareness of formal policies that were offered within their university or collegiate infrastructure; (2) used informal policies to manage their personal, family, and work obligations; and (3) thought that more formal policies, such as adherence to adequate staffing patterns and work schedules, could help establish WLB within collegiate athletic training settings. Conclusions: Informal workplace policies were more commonly used by our participants and were viewed as a means of creating a supportive atmosphere. Administrators and supervisors should consider creating or endorsing more formal policies specific to the demands of an AT in the collegiate setting to help with WLB.