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Work and personal life: Which strategies do secondary school educators use to deal with the interaction?

Lizelle Wentzel, Chenell Buys, Karina Mostert
SA Journal of Human Resource Management | Vol 7, No 1 | a166 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajhrm.v7i1.166 | © 2009 Lizelle Wentzel, Chenell Buys, Karina Mostert | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 25 September 2008 | Published: 05 May 2009

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Lizelle Wentzel, North-West University, Potchefstroom Campus, South Africa
Chenell Buys, North-West University, Potchefstroom, South Africa
Karina Mostert, North-West University, Potchefstroom, South Africa

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Abstract

The general objective of this study was to investigate which strategies secondary school educators use to deal with the interaction between their work and personal lives. A non-probability purposive voluntary sample (N = 21) was taken of secondary school educators from the Potchefstroom and Promosa areas in the North West Province. Data was collected through a phenomenological method of semi-structured in-depth interviews and was analysed by the use of content analysis. Strategies that were reported by the educators included support and understanding from important others, work satisfaction, keeping work and personal life apart, acceptance of their teaching environment, planning ahead, experiencing teaching as a calling, experience in the educational field, communication, religion or prayer, doing exercise and staying active, and doing the work that is expected of them.

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work; personal life; interaction; strategies; secondary school educators

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