The study has been focused to explain the work and family demands and how the work interference
with family (WIF) and family interference with work (FIW) both direction of work/family conflict
leads to life stress among managers in context of Nepalese bureaucracy. For this, structured
questionnaires, which after initial scale reliability test, have been distributed to The Class II officers
working in different ministries, departments, and commissions within Kathmandu valley. The
respondents were selected randomly for the study. The major findings of the research are: parental
demand, working spouse, role ambiguity, role conflict and hours spent on paid job are major
determinant of life stress whereas hours spent at house, personal takecare and role overload are
unable to explain work stress. In addition, female employees in Nepalese bureaucracy are in
relatively higher stress level than their male counterparts because of higher work life imbalance and
this difference is significant. The study identifies, the need to devise a formal socialization targeted
to female officers as female officers have issues such as anxiety, role ambiguity and conflicts
whereas socialization targeted to male officers need to focus on the work value orientation as study
provide empirical evidence of insensitiveness of value-system in male employees.
Keywords: Work-Family Interface, Life Stress, Family Domain, Work Domain.
DOUBLE-EDGE RAZOR OF WORK-FAMILY INTERFACE IN PERFORMERS' STRESS